The Chief Lives On
Our extended Appalachian Voices family, and friends all across the country, were deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of our colleague Lenny Kohm, who inspired thousands of regular citizens across the country to stand up for our natural heritage. As we gather this weekend to honor this legend among activists, we also continue to honor his spirit and legacy by embracing our power to change big things through the kind of passion, thoughtfulness, humility and dedication he exemplified.
We are delighted to unveil the new online edition of The Appalachian Voice, with improved navigation and design, but all the same great content as our print edition, including the Energy Report, Hiking the Highlands and Naturalist's Notebook. Extras include more pictures and a full archive of past issues, all at the click of a mouse.
Energy Efficiency in Western N.C.
Do you live in a drafty, energy-sucking house in North Carolina's High Country? You may be eligible to win between $1,000 and $3,000 in home improvements that will save you money on your electric bills, make your home healthier and more comfortable, and help protect the environment. The contest is part of Appalachian Voices' broader Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. campaign.
Ginger and Mark Halbert were working to make their dream of running a small home business a reality when mountaintop removal coal mining began near their eastern Kentucky home. The ensuing property damage and decline in water quality caused them to put their vision on hold. Now their water is contaminated by heavy metals and beryllium — a carcinogen — and the family is seeking justice.
A technician working at a state-certified lab in West Virginia recently pled guilty to federal criminal charges of conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act when he repeatedly falsified water quality reports from coal companies between 2008 and mid-2013. In subsequent news stories, Appalachian Voices highlighted that a history of misreporting by coal companies in Kentucky raises concerns that these unlawful activities are widespread.
NC Citizens Demand Ban on Fracking
Almost 60,000 North Carolinians have signed a petition calling on Gov. Pat McCrory and other elected officials to reinstate the ban on hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling for natural gas in the state. Appalachian Voices and others went to Raleigh and hand-delivered the petitions, but no word yet… read the full story