April 20, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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 ]
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.
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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 ]