The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

April 20, 2018


Special Edition of The Appalachian Voice

Giant pipelines, more fracking, petrochemical “cracker” plants, a proposed, massive natural gas liquids storage complex — Appalachia is under siege by the fracked gas industry and its political allies. In this special, expanded edition of The Appalachian Voice, we delve into this rising menace and profile some of the brave landowners who are fighting back.

[ Read the April/May issue here ]
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Pruitt’s EPA takes aim at coal ash rule

U.S. power plants burn almost 1 billion tons of coal a year, and the toxic coal ash that pollutes our air and water has been linked to cancer, heart disease, stroke and brain damage. The Trump administration wants to roll back a key rule that helps protect communities.

[ Tell the EPA today - No roll back! ]


Good and bad in federal spending bill

Despite huge spending cuts proposed by the White House, Congress included funding for programs important for Appalachian communities in the omnibus bill in March. But it failed to include the critical RECLAIM Act.

[ Read Thom’s update ]

Groups urge TN governor to veto coal mining bill

Twenty environmental and community organizations urged Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto legislation approved by the state legislature that would significantly weaken protections relating to coal mining in Tennessee.

[ Read the blog ]

Citizens call “foul” on coal company plans

Alpha Natural Resources wants to forgo reclamation on a 300-acre mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia and use the flattened mountain as a tire dump. Coal River Mountain Watch calls “foul” and is fighting back.

[ Read the story ]

Fracked-gas pipelines update

The Virginia State Water Control Board sets a 30-day comment period on whether the Corps of Engineers “blanket” permit for stream crossings will adequately protect Virginia waters, and the company behind the Mountain Valley Pipeline announces it plans to extend the project 70 miles from Pittsylvania County, Va., into North Carolina.

[ A quick update ]

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

National Park Week
April 21-29: Visit a national park near you to celebrate America’s natural wonders.
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Earth Day Appalachian Voices Fundraiser
April 22: Eat at Gaijin Noodle Bar on Earth Day where 10 percent of all proceeds will go to Appalachian Voices! Boone, N.C.
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Climate Conversation
April 23: Join Appalachian Voices and other speakers for an enlightening discussion about the global, national, state and local response to climate change. Charlottesville, Va.
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Powell Valley Co-op Meeting
April 23: Appalachian Voices is hosting this workshop for members of the Powell Valley Electric Co-op. Sneedville, Tenn.
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Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Apr. 21, 22, 25, May 4: Watch environmental films and celebrate those who have worked to preserve scenic lands. Elizabethtown, Ky. Staunton, Va., Charlottesville, Va., and Harrisonburg, Va. respectively.
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Knoxville EarthFest
April 28:
Support and celebrate the planet with food, music, environmental education and fun. Knoxville, Tenn.
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Robeson Rises Film Screening
April 28: This film showcases a community’s resistance to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Pikeville, Ky.
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Exchange Place Spring Garden Fair
April 28-29: Buy plants, listen to traditional music and more. Kingsport, Tenn.
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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival
May 3-6: Enjoy four days of family-friendly music, dance, art and education. Stop by the Appalachian Voices table! Pittsboro, N.C.
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Cheat River Fest
May 4-5: Support Cheat River cleanup efforts while enjoying live music, vendors and races. Albright, W.Va.
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Ladies Day Out Hike
May 9: Hike three miles with the Nature Foundation’s Kathie Driscoll. Wintergreen, Va.
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Mount Rogers Spring Naturalist Rally
May 11-13: This 44th annual event hasfield trips, camping, speakers and more. Troutdale, Va.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
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