December 13, 2017
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.
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!"
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.
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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?
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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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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