The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

Feds Unmask Virginia Strip Mine Disguised as Highway Project

Appalachian Voices joins with partner groups and countless citizens in celebrating a federal decision to take a hard look at the true impacts of the ill-conceived Coalfields Expressway proposal. Now, Southwest Virginia has a chance to develop better options for ensuring the region's economic sustainability while protecting its natural heritage.

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A Good Day for Appalachia!

A Major Triumph in the Fight
to End Mountaintop Removal

In a key victory for the movement to end mountaintop removal mining, a federal appeals court affirmed the EPA's authority to coordinate with other federal agencies when reviewing mining permits and to base its decisions on science. The ruling effectively trounces a major challenge by the coal industry.

Read about this victory for our mountains

Study: Strip Mining Decimates Fish Populations in Appalachia

In a groundbreaking study, U.S. Geological Survey researchers found a direct link between pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining and a dramatic decline in fish populations in streams below mining sites. And as our Program Director Matt Wasson notes, sportfishing creates far more jobs in Central Appalachia than mountaintop removal.

Learn more about this groundbreaking study

An Independence Day Gathering
at the "Home of the Brave"

Appalachian Voices' Amy Adams traveled to West Virginia for an annual Independence Day event at Kayford Mountain, one of the areas hardest hit by mountaintop removal mining and the home of the late Larry Gibson. She joined scores of others in mourning for the mountains lost, but also in celebrating the spirit and resolve of those fighting to end the destructive practice.

Read Amy's stirring account

Powering Economic Growth with
Energy Efficiency

Increasing residential energy efficiency is one of the most promising strategies to diversify local economies in Appalachia, reduce poverty and edge the region toward a cleaner, more sustainable future unencumbered by King Coal. Appalachian Voices' Rory McIlmoil explains how in this five-part series on our Front Porch blog.

Check out Rory's informative series

Clinch River Valley Revival

The river at the heart of southwest Virginia's Clinch River Valley is inspiring communities to create a new state park and a stronger local economy based on sustainable use of natural resources.

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SPECIAL SPOTLIGHT:
Clara Bingham
An Appalachian Voices’ board member, filmmaker and journalist is profiled in Women’s Voices For Change.

/ UPCOMING EVENTS /

Appalachian Voices Volunteer Night
July 16: Help energize Virginians to support the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Food provided. Charlottesville, Va.
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Appalachian Energy Summit Keynote
July 28: Public presentation by scientist and energy policy leader Amory Lovins kicks off 3-day conference. Boone, N.C.
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Little Tykes Hike
Jul. 31:
Children under age 6 can learn about nature with a guided hike and storytime. Knoxville, Tenn.
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4th Annual Stop the Kaboom Festival
Aug. 1-3:
Raise awareness about the effects of surface-mining and fracking through music. Paw Paw, W. Va.
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66th Annual Virginia Highlands Festival
Aug.1-10:
Enjoy music, arts and crafts, educational outdoor events, antiques and more. Abingdon, Va.
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River Blast at Fort Boonesborough SP
Aug.16:
Exhibits, arts & crafts, music, food, fireworks, bonfire, and water activities. Richmond, Ky.
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Register Now for "Our Water Our Future"
Sept. 7-9: Speak with decision-makers about protecting Appalachia from mountaintop removal mining. Register or sign up for more info. Washington, D.C.   

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July 16, 2014 ~ Vol. 6, No. 7

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