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.
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.
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.
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.
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.