Preserve Floyd returned to the Floyd Town Council on July 6, 2017, with a formal request for Mayor Griffin to join the National Climate Action Agenda, the “Mayor’s Movement,” a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support measures to combat global warming. Preserve Floyd presented a 7-page community choice resolution which detailed a comprehensive agenda for local action. In support, a petition with 100 signatures was presented to the council.
Nationwide, aproximately 338 mayors have agreed to participate in this crucial action.
Today’s request by Preserve Floyd is just the first step in a series of more comprehensive ordinances that will continue to support a smooth transition to renewable energy as well as providing protection for Floyd’s unique and fragile water system.
J.L. Fogo, co-chair of Preserve Floyd, pointed out: “Given that we are located on the continental divide, Continue reading Climate Campaign launched
First Thursday of each month
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Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2017
On April 29, 2017, Preserve Floyd held a solidarity demonstration with the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC. Though it was planned as a sister march with those marching in DC, Floyd County also demonstrated strong support for those in the region still facing the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and the affected landowners violated by survey activity which is unrelenting despite their protests.
Mary Beth Coffey, a landowner from Bent Mountain whose home and property is threatened by the proposed MVP, brought her easement paperwork with her to the demonstration. Surrounded by Floyd County allies who held signs saying: “No Pipeline, No Trespassing, No Surveying,” she lit it on fire as everyone cheered.
This action was inspired by Richard Averitt, from Nelson County, VA who is fighting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). He is challenging
We will be holding a landowner’s meeting this coming Thursday, October 9th at the Floyd Country Store at 6 PM. Please enter through the side door to the left of the store. The meeting will be upstairs.
This meeting is open to any and all affected landowners along the proposed route for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and is intended specifically for those who have received letters from EQT/Coates or who’ve gotten a call from them identifying them as potentially affected by the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. We welcome affected landowners from surrounding counties to join us in Floyd if they wish.
We are hoping to set up a network of landowners to better pinpoint
the route, establish needs specific to landowners, and ensure that everyone receives information to help them deal with this issue. The route has moved so there is likely a new group of landowners.
This will also help us to prepare for the town hall meeting on October 14 at 7 PM at Floyd County High School auditorium. There will be a public presentation by Joe Waldo of Waldo & Lyle, eminent domain attorneys. This is open to all and will consist of a 45 minute presentation followed by Q&A.
The Board of Supervisors will meet with EQT on Oct. 28 at 7 PM at the Floyd County High School for the public part of the supervisors’ meeting. No public questions will be allowed, so contact your supervisor to pass on your concerns and questions. Only those on the board will be able to ask questions. There is a public comment period at the beginning of the meeting and we encourage all of you to prepare a written statement if you’d like to express your concerns.
- October 14 –Joe Waldo, a lawyer specializing in eminent domain, will visit Floyd. You can come see him—and ask questions – at the Floyd County High School at 7 PM.
- October 28 at 7 PM – Representatives from EQT will be attending the Floyd County Board of Supervisors meeting. The meeting will be held at the Floyd County High School Auditorium.
- Between now and October 28, citizens are encouraged to come to the Floyd Artisan’s Market on Fridays from 5-7 PM to create signs, sing songs and practice for the spectacle we’d like to present to EQT as they roll into town.
Come share with your neighbors the premier showing of a newly released, independent documentary about Floyd County’s precious water resources. The film titled “To the Last Drop” was created and filmed right here in Floyd, starring some of our local water experts. Fred First, Mark Sowers, Jeff Walker, Mark Grim, Lydeanna Martin, Dennis Dove and Jane Cundiff star in the movie and Bernie Coveney did the music. Professional videographers from Virginia Tech, Chris Risch and Grazia Apolinares produced this poignant movie that is not only educational but visually and emotionally inspirational.
This premier showing will be presented for FREE at the Floyd EcoVillage on September 14 at 4:00. The event is being arranged and supported by Partnership for Floyd with hopes of getting good community involvement in preserving our streams, wetlands, and wells that are the source of life here in Floyd County.
Lydeana Martin will introduce the documentary with pertinent and useful details about Floyd’s water supply. After the movie there will be a question and answer panel discussion with our local experts.
Local songwriters Michael and Kari Kovick, and Erica Joy Rising will perform for us.
Representatives from Citizens Preserving Floyd County will also be available to respond to questions about the proposed gas pipeline through our county and to describe how our water and wetlands could be affected.
Information tables and handouts in the lobby will be available for those who want to learn more. Floyd fresh water, popcorn, art displays and good conversation will be enjoyed, all for free.
Bring your neighbors, friends, school-age children and your questions. Join together for this community event to protect our precious, shared water resources in Floyd County.
Local artists are invited to share their works related to water. Bring your paintings, crafts and photographs or have your children display their best water art for all to enjoy.
Please email Jane Cundiff at PartnershipForFloyd@gmail.
We strongly encourage Montgomery County residents who are concerned about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline to attend the Board of Supervisors meeting tomorrow night at 7:15 in Christiansburg. If you have information to share, it is likely to be welcome considering the lack of communication between EQT and Next Era and local government. In Floyd, most of what our local government knows about the proposed project is based on what they have received from citizens of Floyd County.
If you have a written statement, it’s a good idea to bring a copy for them to keep so that it can be entered into the public record.
“Public meetings are the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Montgomery County Government Center, 755 Roanoke St. in Christiansburg. Closed sessions begin at 6 p.m. if needed. Open sessions begin at 7:15 p.m. Citizens are invited to attend and allowed to speak at each meeting.”
Citizens Preserving Floyd County (CPFC) will hold an important community educational outreach meeting on Thursday, August 14, 2014 to provide new details about the Mountain-Valley pipeline. This 42 inch interstate natural gas transport has been proposed by two energy corporations, EQT and Next Era, to cut across our county. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at the Floyd Ecovillage. It is located at 718 Franklin Pike Rd, Floyd, VA.
Anyone interested in the information we have gathered regarding this pipeline is welcome. It is our intention to support our community by making all known details and response options available to all at this public meeting. We especially urge county landowners whose property rights may be involved to attend.
A report on how our local government is supporting citizens’ concerns will be presented. There will be an opportunity to find out how you can help preserve the water, farmland soils, scenic beauty and environmental health of Floyd County. Signs opposing the construction of the pipeline will be available.
The last Floyd County Board of Supervisors meeting was held on July 22. The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 12. There was a strong showing at the last meeting and we hope that there will be a strong showing at the next one, though it may be more difficult since it is held in the morning.
Read the report here: http://www.swvatoday.com/news/floyd/article_d1ce56f4-13f7-11e4-beac-001a4bcf6878.html
It is especially important for landowners to voice their concerns at this juncture and ideally, to provide a written statement to the board which will be entered into public record.
“Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30am and the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 120 West Oxford Street, Floyd. Adjourned or special called meetings are scheduled when necessary. All meetings are open to the public. A Public Comment Period is held at each regular meeting.” From: http://www.floydcova.org/government/board_of_supervisors.shtml