August 22, 2018
The former vice president joined with Rev. William Barber II of the Poor People’s Campaign for a two-day tour of coal-impacted communities to raise awareness of the link between environmental injustice and poverty. Appalachian Voices helped organize the event.
In the span of two weeks, federal court rulings exposed major flaws in the permits for the two fracked-gas pipelines, prompting FERC to halt construction on both. In Virginia, the state water board voted in a split decision — despite voluminous evidence of pipeline violations and a summer of muddy runoff — not to initiate further environmental review of the projects. Photo courtesy of Mountain Valley Watch.
Researchers from SkyTruth, Duke University, and Appalachian Voices recently released the first-ever peer-reviewed study of the yearly footprint of surface coal mining in Central Appalachia, and the results are sobering.
In the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice, we highlight some of the trails, waterfalls and other wonders found in our national and state forests. Peruse the listings to plan your next adventure! Photo by Mark Oleg Ozboyd, Southeast Nature Society
A new report exposes how rural households spend 40% more of their income on energy costs than households in metropolitan areas. Our energy policy director breaks down the findings and examines how rural electric cooperatives could help families alleviate that burden through energy efficiency.
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The U.S. House passed two amendments to the appropriations bill that would continue the work of cleaning up and repurposing old coal mines into viable economic initiatives. One measure expands the number of states to receive funding to six, while another earmarks $115 million for the next year.
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