The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

December 13, 2017

Va. officials vote on fracked-gas pipeliness

Yesterday, the State Water Control Board gave conditional approval to the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline, deferring a final action until it receives outstanding information fundamental to its decision. Last week, despite overwhelming evidence of severe water quality impacts, as well as harm to the climate, communities of color, forests and farms, the board approved the equally controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline. Appalachian Voices is challenging the move in court.

[ Read our press release. ]

no ACP holiday post cardsTell N.C. Governor Cooper: No ACP!

Concerned citizens, landowners and community organizations across North Carolina are sharing and sending holiday-themed postcards to Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality administration to say "All we want for the holidays is no Atlantic Coast Pipeline!"

[ Send one of your own today! ]

solar roadmapGoing solar in Virginia’s coalfields

Local leaders in far Southwest Virginia, including Appalachian Voices, released a nuts-and-bolts “how-to” plan for spurring growth of the solar industry in the coalfield region over the next decade. The report features 15 “ambassador” sites that are ready for solar development soon, including schools, businesses and health facilities.

[ Check it out ]

The red crossbill’s search for the best conifers

This elusive finch uses its odd beak to pry apart the cones from hemlock, spruce, fir and pine trees and access the seeds within. Their migratory habits make them a hard bird to find — have you seen one?

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Cooper should crack down on coal ash hazards

Recent revelations of collusion between Duke Energy and university scientists regarding coal ash should come as no surprise. Duke is, after all, a notorious corporate polluter on federal probation after pleading guilty to systemic violations of the Clean Water Act.

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Energy savings in Appalachia

We’ve made solid progress this year to make energy efficiency accessible to members of rural electric cooperatives in East Tennessee and western North Carolina that would allow all families to enjoy lower electric bills and healthier homes, and that boost local economic development.

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Christmas in Old Appalachia
Dec. 2-24: Celebrate the holidays in traditional fashion at The Museum of Appalachia. Clinton, Tenn.

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118th Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Dec. 14-Jan. 5:
Become a citizen scientist by hiking park trails to identify and count as many birds as possible.
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Ijams Sanctuary Saturday
Dec. 16: Reconnect with nature with a guided, meditative walk through the woods. Knoxville, Tenn.

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Winter Plant Hike
Dec. 16: Hike the Holly Discovery Trail with a ranger to find winter plants. Nebo, N.C.

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1st VA Environmental Justice Meeting
Dec. 18: Show support at Virginia’s first Environmental Justice Advisory Council Meeting. Richmond, Va.

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WV Atlantic Coast Pipeline Public Hearings
Dec. 18, 21: Voice your opposition to the proposed pipeline. Buckhannon and Pocahontas counties, W.Va.

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Tree Toss
Dec. 26-30: Watch North Georgia Zoo animals play with reused Christmas trees. Donate a tree for $1 off admission. Cleveland, Ga.

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Kentucky Waterways Alliance Photo Contest Deadline
Dec. 31: Submit a photo of your favorite Kentucky waterway for a chance to win.

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First Day Hike at Blackwater Falls
Jan. 1: Embrace the new year by hitting the trail with a park naturalist. Davis, W.Va.

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Mountaineer Gas Company Pipeline Public Hearing
Jan. 9: Comment on the proposed pipeline’s draft stormwater permit. Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

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Duke Energy Rate Hike Hearings
Jan. 16, 24, 30:: Tell the N.C. Utilities Commission to refuse the Duke Energy Carolinas 16.7 percent rate hike.

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