In what seems to be the biggest incident of violating the Clean Water Act in history, Appalachian Voices has uncovered almost 28,000 violations at coal operations owned by Frasure Creek Mining in Kentucky. While shocking, the discovery is not surprising given the industry's decades-long, callous disregard for health, safety, and environmental laws in Appalachia.
Still pondering the latest election results and what it will mean for environmental protections? Check out our Legislative Associate Thom Kay's enlightened commentary on the midterm races in Appalachia, how the current congressional landscape stacks up against the previous six years (it's not that different), and what we can expect in the coming months and years.
Through decades of environmental activism, the late Lenny Kohm inspired and mentored thousands of citizens in Appalachia and beyond. He believed that ecological and social justice could only be achieved when everyday people spoke up for what is right, and he described himself as being in "the people empowerment business."
A collaborative effort to rebuild the iconic High Knob Tower in Wise County, Va., is emblematic of the area's budding outdoor recreation renaissance. From hiking trails to mountain-biking networks, residents of Southwest Virginia are building new opportunities for local recreation — and making the scenic region a destination for mountain-lovers everywhere.
North Carolina artist Caroline Armijo began working on her mixed-media project, "Gray Matter," when her friend was preparing to undergo brain surgery for cancer. The piece became a prayer for a childhood neighbor who died of a brain tumor, for her aunt's sister who died of leukemia, for her dad's sister and numerous others who were ill or had died -- all linked by their proximity to the massive coal ash dump in her home community in Stokes County.