In a rare opportunity, Program Director Matt Wasson was invited to testify at a congressional hearing where his command of scientific facts about the harms done to communities by mountaintop removal mining and unregulated coal ash waste took center stage.
Photographer Lynn Willis joined Southwings' volunteer pilot Tom White in July for an aerial tour of the Kayford Mountain area of West Virginia, capturing the ongoing destruction of mountaintop removal mining in a set of stunning photographs.
In a lawsuit brought by Appalachian Voices, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards and others, A&G Coal Corp. -- owned by billionaire Jim Justice and backed by numerous industry heavyweights -- lost its appeal of a court decision that found it had illegally been discharging mining pollution into tributaries of Callahan Creek.
From the coal counties of Appalachia and other Southern communities, thousands of people attended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's hearings in July regarding the agency's historic proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants to address climate change and other harms.
Appalachia's mountain bogs harbor rare, fascinating creatures such as this endangered bog turtle. Discover why these high-elevation wetlands are so special, and read about other current topics from fracking regulation to opportunities for rural women in the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice.