December 20, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.