The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

November 24, 2018

Stream crossing permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline suspended

An essential permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was suspended on Wednesday, effectively shutting down work at more than 1,500 stream and wetland crossings along the fracked gas line's 600-mile route through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

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VA governor dismisses regulators who expressed concerns over pipelines

Just three weeks before the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board was to issue a final permitting decision on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline's Buckingham Compressor Station, Gov. Ralph Northam dismissed three regulators who had expressed concerns over the state's pipeline projects.

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New report: Innovative Mine Reclamation in Appalachia

Twenty abandoned and polluted coal mine sites in Appalachia were identified for innovative economic development in the latest study by a coalition of groups including Appalachian Voices. “This report marks an important step as Appalachia citizens continue to re-imagine and work toward a future of sustainable and healthy local economies, where young people can find meaningful work and stay to raise their own families,” says Adam Wells with Appalachian Voices.

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Solar heats up in Southwest Virginia

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia was recently awarded a bid to negotiate contracts for six solar installations in Southwest Virginia. If all go through, the projects would total 1.5 megawatts of developed solar in the region.

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Lawsuit against unlawful mining on Coal River Mountain

Appalachian Voices, Coal River Mountain Watch and the Sierra Club recently filed a federal lawsuit against mining company Republic Energy seeking to halt unlawful coal mining activities in Raleigh County, W.Va. Republic Energy is mining one of the only remaining intact ridges on the heavily mined Coal River Mountain without a valid mine permit.

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The problem with monopoly utilities

Our energy options and prices are determined by where we live and what utility monopoly is in charge. These electric utilities — whether they are private companies or nonprofit cooperatives — are supposed to be accountable to the people they serve. But the system often does not work in your favor.

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New tool shows N.C. co-op is worst in Southeast on solar

Blue Ridge Energy, an electric cooperative in northwestern North Carolina, has one of the worst solar energy policies of all electric utilities in the Southeast, a new interactive tool by Southern Environmental Law Center shows. The co-op earned the ranking because of high fees levied on members who install solar energy on their homes.

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Appalachian Voices Annual Membership Meeting
Join us Thurs., Dec. 13 to learn more about our work to advance a clean energy future for the region. Participate in one of our offices or join us online!


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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Film Screening: Reinventing Power
Nov. 26: Join Appalachian Voices for a free screening of Sierra Club's "Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom," a film about bringing a clean energy future to America. Boone, N.C.

PTT Ethane Cracker Public Hearing
Nov. 27: Tell Ohio regulators that an ethane cracker would severely harm the Ohio River Valley’s air quality. Written comments are accepted through Dec. 3. Shadyside, Ohio

Birding with Friends
Nov. 28: Visit Seven Islands State Birding Park for an early morning birding hike. Kodak, Tenn.

Night Hike at Founder’s Park
Nov. 30: Join Ijams Nature Park staff to explore the night’s sounds, smells and sights. Farragut, Tenn.

Mountain State Racial Justice Summit
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Learn about racial justice organizing in West Virginia and Central Appalachia. South Charleston, W.Va.

Climate Change Issues Update 2018
Dec. 1: Learn about solutions to our climate crisis at this free educational conference. Morgantown, W.Va.

Virginia General Assembly 2019 Watch Party
Dec. 1: Join Appalachian Voices and others to learn about priority natural resource topics for the 2019 Virginia General Assembly. Watch party locations include Charlottesville, Danville, Harrisonburg, Reston, Roanoke, Virginia Beach, and Warrenton.

VA Air Board Meeting & Vote on Union Hill Compressor Station
Dec. 10: Show up in force to protest Gov. Northam’s dismissal of two Virginia Air Board members who questioned this dangerous facility. Richmond, Va.

From Pipelines to Progress Roadshow
Dec. 12: Learn about joining the Regional Greenhouse Initiative, a potential solution to the climate crisis. Staunton, Va.

Appalachian Voices Membership Meeting
Dec. 13: Learn about the work we’re doing and discuss ways to advance a clean, just future in the region. Join at one of our four regional offices or watch online.

Guided Winter Hike to Natural Bridge
Dec. 29: Take a moderate hike to the namesake of Kentucky’s Natural Bridge State Resort Park. Slade, Ky. 

First Day Hike
Jan. 1: Start the new year off on the right foot with a guided hike at a participating state park.

Environmental Calendar of Events
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