February 23, 2019
Partner groups including Appalachian Voices recently launched the new Energy Justice North Carolina: End the Duke Monopoly coalition to address Duke Energy's toxic legacy, promote consumer rights and demand clean energy choice for the state.
Civil rights and climate activists Rev. William Barber and former Vice President Al Gore drew more than 1,000 people to a town hall meeting in Buckingham, Va., to highlight the environmental racism of the proposed fracked-gas compressor station in the African-American community of Union Hill.
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has made nearly $2 billion off Appalachia’s coalfields over the years, but his family’s mines owe millions of dollars in back taxes in multiple states. They have also accrued hundreds of environmental violations, and many idled mines are still unreclaimed.
The 2014 Dan River spill sparked a flurry of coal ash cleanup legislation, public hearings, community meetings and more across North Carolina, the latest round ending just a few weeks ago. But where exactly does coal ash stand in the state?
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Increased public participation but continued gaps in transparency marked Tennessee Valley Authority's quarterly meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Valentine's Day. One major win included the vote to close two of the utility's coal plants, but the decision highlights a continued need to build a stronger and more varied job economy for those affected.
Accumulated water burst out of an old underground mine in Hurley, Va., on Jan. 30, causing flash flooding and property damage in a nearby neighborhood and reviving concerns about continued violations by the coal companies responsible.
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