Rural Madison

A 501(c)(3) non-profit citizen’s organization dedicated to thoughtful planning and policies for sustainable growth, stewardship of our natural, cultural and historical resources and the protection of the rural character of our region.

Category: Property Rights (page 1 of 2)


Avoiding & Reducing the Impacts of Transmission Lines

jamestown_transmission_line_drawing_credit_NPCS_400xvia the Piedmont Environmental Council

When faced with a transmission line proposal, people are left scrambling to protect their homes and community. And the deck is stacked against them.

To help level the playing field, Virginia Delegate Randy Minchew has introduced HB 908, which would:

  • Ensure the State Corporation Commission (SCC) and the power company do a better job at identifying and avoiding impacts to historic, scenic and environmental resources.
  • When impacts cannot be avoided, the commission “shall choose the corridor or route that minimizes such adverse impacts to the greatest extent reasonably practicable.”

Ask your legislators to support HB 908

This legislation is sorely needed to ensure historic, scenic and environmental resources are properly valued in the transmission line permitting process.

Dominion Power (and those happy with the current process) will be working hard to kill this legislation. The bill is slated to be taken up by the Special Subcommittee on Energy on February 9, but it’s important that your legislators hear from you now.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline: A Step Backward

For more information about how you can get involved, please contact the Friends of Nelson

OMC Alliance – Stay Informed About Dominion’s Transmission Line Plans

OMC Alliance

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Field Tour

Signal Corps Knob Lookout Area
Signal Corps Knob is a 3,894 ft / 1,187 m mountain peak near Craigsville, Virginia, United States. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 114th highest mountain in Virginia and the 30908th highest mountain in the United States.


Atlantic Coast Pipeline Field Tour

Sunday, March 15 (new date)

There are a few seats left for this rescheduled tour.

Come learn about the proposed route through the George Washington National Forest. Meet landowners near the forest who will be impacted, learn about the unique geology of this area, and see the just some of the special places threatened by the pipeline. The tour includes a 2.5 hour hike to the base of Signal Corps Knob.

If the outing is full – please sign up below and we’ll contact you if a space opens on our waitlist. We have planned stops along the route from Churchville to Confederate Breastworks. Come see what will happen if Dominion’s plans are realized.



WILD VIRGINIA is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to preserving wild forest ecosystems in Virginia’s National Forests.

Augusta, Nelson county residents won’t back down over Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Rally on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall

Several volunteers from Friends of Nelson visited FERC chairperson Cheryl LaFleur and staff in Washington D.C. on January 9.  They also spoke to staff in Senator Kaine’s and Warner’s offices, giving them information from the following presentation, containing some of the strongest points against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Nelson County.

Friends of Nelson
PO Box 33
Nellysford, VA 22958

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No Pipeline

Friends of Nelson


The effects of fracking are felt far and wide. No Pipeline looks at a community in Nelson County, Virginia fighting a gas pipeline which threatens the beauty of the countryside and changes the way of life they have come to love.

Spectra suspends pipeline proposal

Spectra Suspends Pipeline Proposal

According to a late-breaking story in The Recorder (the newspaper of record for Bath and Highland counties), Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp has dropped their plans to run a fracked gas pipeline from the Marcellus Shale gas fields in West Virginia, passing through Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison, Orange on its $4 billion, 427 mile route to a Duke processing plant in North Carolina.

“We will continue to evaluate opportunities in the region which could include the study corridor in your area, and should there be developments, we will keep you informed,” Spectra spokesman Arthur Diestel said

Rural Madison has accordingly suspended its online petition drive and public meeting, which had been scheduled for September 10th.  We will keep you apprised of any further developments.

Thank you for your support!

Establishing Community Rights Ordinances

So Your Community is Going to be Fracked, Mined, Factory Farmed, or fill in the blank… Want to stop it? What to know, and where to start. CELDF’s Primer on “Rights-Based” Organizing.

Community Rights is a paradigm shift, a move away from unsustainable projects and practices at the cost of communities and nature, and toward community decision-making, while recognizing and protecting our interdependence with nature.

Today, communities across the country are finding that they don’t have the right to make critical decisions for themselves – such as the right to say “no” to fracking or factory farming, and the right to say “yes” to sustainable energy and food systems.

They’re finding that there is a structure of state and federal law in place that pre-empts local decision making, and that forces harmful activities such as fracking and factory farming into communities – despite community opposition and harm to the public health and environment.

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