The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

October 20, 2018


Construction halted, for now

Work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline is now halted at nearly all stream crossings in West Virginia and Virginia, thanks to a federal court ruling and a suspended Army Corps of Engineers permit. We’re working to make sure it’s permanently stopped. Photo courtesy of Appalachians Against Pipelines

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Working toward energy democracy in Tennessee

More than 1,200 members and guests of Powell Valley Electric Cooperative gathered in the rural community of Sneedville to vote at the co-op’s annual membership meeting. The second-highest PVEC voter turnout in recent history saw members waiting hours in the hot sun to vote for their board representatives.

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Power play

Utility giants like Duke Energy, Dominion Energy and FirstEnergy are continuing to push plans that endanger our air, water and climate while increasing costs for ratepayers. But while these utilities have traditionally wielded tremendous influence over the state governments that regulate them, public interest groups are now building the political power to counter utilities’ clout.

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Black lung survivors make a stand

Residents of Southwest Virginia went to Washington, D.C., to tell Congress about the plight of their neighbors, friends, family members and other coal miners with black lung disease, and to ask that Congress ensure funding continues for their care.

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For the love of birds

Volunteers across Virginia are participating in an ambitious statewide survey of breeding birds to create better conservation policy. Just this year, volunteers added seven new species to the list of confirmed breeding birds in the commonwealth. Photo by Bob Schamerhorn

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Buck the Buckingham compressor station!

Hundreds of Virginians voiced their concerns this summer about a massive fracked gas compressor station proposed in the heart of Virginia as part of the risky Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Some of them have everything at stake -- their health, home and heritage as part of the historic African-American community of Union Hill.

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A Sweet Thanks
We would like to issue a heartfelt "Thank You" to Stickboy Bread Company based in Boone, N.C. for selecting Appalachian Voices as a recipient in their September Nonprofit Match Day. Be sure to check out this local business that is as sweet as they are generous!

CALENDAR of EVENTS

Circle of Protection
Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 16: An interfaith prayer vigil to help protect Buckingham County, Va., from the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Union Hill ACP Compressor Station.
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Leave It to Beavers
Oct. 27: Learn about beavers at Canaan Valley State Park and how they are critical to ecosystem health. Davis, W.Va.
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Lettuce Learn School Garden Smarts
Oct. 28: Learn how to build and sustain a school garden and how to use it as a teaching tool. Boone, N.C.
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Virginia Solar Congress
Oct. 28: Connect with solar supporters across the state to discuss the future of solar energy in Virginia. Fairfax, Va.
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Juliana vs. U.S. Government Climate Trial Support Rallies
Oct. 29: Join the rally in your state to support young climate warriors as they demand the government create a Climate Recovery Plan.
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Free Film Screening: “The Devil We Know”
Oct. 30: This film follows a group of West Virginia citizens taking on DuPont for knowingly dumping toxic chemicals into drinking water. Boone, N.C.
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Elk Viewing Tours
Nov. 3, Nov. 24, Dec. 1: View Kentucky’s reintroduced elk population at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Prestonsburg, Ky.
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November Tree Walk
Nov. 4: Enjoy a guided tree walk and explore the history of West Virginia’s forests. Morgantown, W.Va.
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Campout at the Fire Tower
Nov. 3-4: Hike through Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and spend the night in The Pinnacle Knob Tower. Corbin, Ky.
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Pipeline Compressor Station Hearing
Nov. 8 and 9: Tell Virginia's Air Pollution Control Board to reject the permit for Dominion Energy’s dangerous ACP Buckingham Compressor Station. Richmond, Va.
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Tennessee River Paddling Adventure
Nov. 10: Paddle down the Tennessee River and spot wildlife with an Ijams Nature Center naturalist. Knoxville, Tenn.
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Biodynamic-French Horticulture Workshop
Nov. 10 and 11: Learn about this approach to gardening that minimizes space. Mills River, N.C.
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Appalachian Voices Annual Membership Meeting
Dec. 13: Learn more about the work we’re doing and discuss ways to advance a clean, just future in the region. Gatherings will be held at our offices in Boone, N.C., Charlottesville, Va., Norton, Va., and Knoxville, Tenn.
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