The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

March 15, 2018


A watershed moment in Virginia

Citizen voices on the critical issue of energy policy were heard like never before in the General Assembly this year, forcing legislators to take the unusual step of scrutinizing what was in the massive rate bill Dominion Energy proposed. What does this revived citizen engagement mean going forward? Photo: Marco Sanchez; courtesy of Piedmont Environmental Council

[ Read our summary of the legislative session ]


Robeson Rises

Join us March 22 for the premiere of “Robeson Rises,” the story of citizens in rural Robeson County — the heart of the Lumbee Indian community — who are fighting to protect their homes, health and heritage from Duke Energy’s proposed fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The event is free and open to the public.

[ More details & movie trailerRSVP on Facebook ]


A backlog of abandoned mine cleanup

Across the nation, the backlog of mine cleanup projects from before 1977 is estimated at $10.5 billion, with more than $8 billion in Appalachia. But there is only $2.4 billion left in the federal cleanup fund — and without congressional reauthorization, it will expire in 2021.

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N.C. home energy contest redux

Appalachian Voices is launching our second “Home Energy Makeover Contest” for folks in the High Country. The grand-prize winner will receive up to $2,500 in improvements to make their home more healthy and comfortable, and help them save on energy costs.

[ Find out if you’re eligible ]

Health study on mountaintop removal caught in politics

It's unlikely that Steve Gardner — Trump's nominee to head the federal agency that oversees surface mining — will reinstate a review of the human health impacts of mountaintop removal, which are significant. If he ever gets confirmed, that is.

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Pruitt’s “war on America’s health”

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is on a roll — rolling back key health and environmental rules meant to protect the public from coal ash pollution and from millions of pounds of toxins discharged every year into our waters from coal-burning fossil fuel plants.

[ Don’t miss the comments at the end of Amy’s blog ]

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PROTECT OUR WATERS FROM PIPELINES!

As a candidate for governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam said that two massive fracked-gas pipelines proposed for Virginia “should be held to the highest environmental standards.” Now that he’s governor, we need to hold him to his word.
TAKE ACTION NOW!

 

CALENDAR of EVENTS

Appalachian Mountain Photo Competition
Through March 23: Cast your votes online for the People’s Choice Award!
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Tennessee Spring Star Party
March 16-18:
Learn about and view the stars at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Spencer, Tenn.
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"Robeson Rises" Film Premiere & Panel
March 22: This new film and panel discussion highlights Robeson County’s fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Lumberton, N.C.
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State of Appalachia Conference
March 23, 24: Join faith voices in Appalachia at the Pipestem Resort State Park to discuss the spiritual, economic and ecological state of Appalachia. Pipestem, W.Va.
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Sheltowee Trace Trail Cleanup
March 24: Volunteer to clean along the river and Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. Oneida, Tenn.
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Community Sustainable Forestry Discussion
March 27: Join a discussion on community forestry, plant commodities and sustainable agriculture. Gate City, Va.
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Energy Efficiency Task Force Volunteer Night
March 28: Help our N.C. Energy Savings Team communicate the importance of energy efficiency. Boone, N.C.
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Electric Co-Op Member 101
April 4: Join our Tennessee team to learn about your role in your electric co-op. Sharps Chapel, Tenn.
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Community Organizing Summit
April 6-8: Join the Appalachian Gas Working Group for training, leadership, coalition building and outreach. Jackson’s Mill, Weston, W.Va.
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March for Science Festival
April 8: Unite to advocate for the importance of science’s role in society and policy. Charlottesville, Va.
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Wild and Scenic Film Festival
April 25: Watch environmental films and celebrate those who have worked to preserve scenic lands. Charlottesville, Va.
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