The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

December 20, 2018

Pipelines face major setbacks

Numerous lawsuits have led to a complete halt to construction on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and at Mountain Valley Pipeline water crossings as protests against pipelines continue to spring up.

[ Read about legal action and protests ]

One last chance to clean up coal ash in North Carolina

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is seeking input on coal ash ponds that Duke Energy wants to cap-in-place rather than do real cleanup through excavation. DEQ has the power to change this! The public will have one more chance to speak up for impacted communities at six public meetings scheduled in January.

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Volatile 2018 for coal industry

Some coal companies appear to be banking on opportunities for short-term gain with exports of metallurgical coal, but that market can only prop up the industry for so long.

[ Learn about the state of the industry in our region ]

Virgina delays key pipeline permit

The State Air Pollution Control Board held off voting on a permit for a massive fracked-gas compressor station proposed in a mostly black community and will open another public comment period to hear more about broad concerns of environmental justice.

[ Read about the decision to delay ]

People-powered science

From monitoring the health of local waterways affected by pipelines or coal mining to tracking the changing of the seasons or searching for endangered bees, people from all walks of life are seizing the opportunity to participate in scientific projects.

[ Read more and learn how to get involved ]
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Electric co-ops in Virginia oppose members' fight for rights

Virginia officials have yet to reschedule a hearing in the complaint against Rappahannock Electric Cooperative for denying its members the right to petition for open board meetings and other reforms. Now every other electric co-op in Virginia has intervened to oppose the members’ fight for transparency, giving the ultimate outcome of the case state-wide implications.

[ Learn about the push for co-op member rights ]


A love poem to winter

Appalachian Voices’ Jamie Goodman recounts the joys of a winter hike and the magic of the season in a special Hiking the Highlands column. She also shares thoughts from others about the perks of braving the cold and setting out on the trail.

[ Get inspired to make the most of winter ]

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

North Carolina Coal Ash Public Meetings
Speak up for communities impacted by coal ash and tell the NCDEQ that cap-in-place is not an option! 6:00 p.m. on these dates:
Jan. 10: Walnut Cove
Jan. 15: Roxboro
Jan. 17: Sherrills Ford
Jan. 22: Forest City
Jan. 24: Roxboro
Jan. 29: Belmont

Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Dec. 14-Jan. 5: Help identify and count birds in the nation’s longest-running citizen science project.

MXP Comment Deadline
Dec. 23:
Tell the WVDEP that a $122,000 fine isn’t nearly enough to deter developers of the $2 billion Mountaineer XPress Pipeline from breaking the law again.

Tree Toss
Dec. 26-Jan. 1:
Watch North Georgia Zoo animals play with reused Christmas trees. Donate a tree for $1 off admission. Cleveland, Ga.

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. 

State Park
First Day Hike

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

Coal Ash Film Screening and Discussion
Jan. 7:
Learn about coal ash and its effects on our water. Palmyra, Va.

Lore and Tracking Weekend
Jan. 18-20:
Visit Twin Falls Resort State Park to learn about tracking, history and skills used by indigenous people and European colonists. Mullens, W.Va.

Tracking Down Nature
Jan. 20:
Discover how to track animals and participate in a scavenger hunt. Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, Tenn.

Winter Woody Plant Identification
Jan. 26:
Learn how to ID several winter plants at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Townsend, Tenn.

Virginia Forest Health Conference
Jan. 28:
Network with professionals and learn about forest ecology of the mid-Atlantic. Blacksburg, Va.

Environmental Calendar of Events
[ Full calendar ]

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