The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

December 19, 2015


A Victory Ends the Frasure Creek Saga

Appalachian Voices and our partners in Kentucky reached a major milestone this month in our long fight to protect water resources and communities from coal pollution. Frasure Creek has admitted wrongdoing, and will have to pay millions in fines if it ever wants to mine in the Bluegrass State again. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Govoni)

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Congress Earmarks Funding for Appalachia

'Tis the season of giving, and yesterday Congress gave Appalachia a significant boost. In passing the omnibus spending bill, the federal government included tens of millions of dollars for job training, abandoned mine cleanup and other economic diversification efforts. And, almost as important, the bill does not put the kibosh on the Stream Protection Rule.

[ A quick look... ]

Ask the Experts:
Energy Efficiency And Your Home

Our 2016 webinar series will begin on January 20 with a discussion about energy efficiency. A panel of experts will answer your questions and discuss ways that you can lower your monthly bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

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Protecting Tennessee's Mountains

At the request of the state of Tennessee, the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is considering banning surface coal mining on roughly 67,000 acres in the Cumberland Mountains. The agency is taking public comments and will hold hearings in the new year.

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Developing Perspective

The latest issue of
The Appalachian Voice
explores past and present images of the region. Residents of the mountains have long contended with the weight of stereotypes, but today's photographers and documentary filmmakers are portraying Appalachia's stories with greater depth.

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A Blatant Bid for Control

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality seems determined to hold sway over the state's environment. Battling with residents and federal regulators on the pace of coal ash cleanup and plans for addressing climate change, the agency has taken every opportunity to highlight how external forces are getting in its way.

[ What'll DEQ do next? ]


An Energizing Year Ahead for Virginia

2016 is shaping up to be a key year in Virginia as the forces to move the state to cleaner energy sources gain momentum. The McAuliffe administration is moving apace on a plan to shrink the state's carbon footprint, the second largest utility in Virginia dropped out of an industry-backed, climate-denying lobby group, and the legislature will consider a host of energy bills, some good, but some bad.

[ Read Hannah's blog ]

 

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Christmas in Old Appalachia
Dec. 5-24: Join the Museum of Appalachia as they recreate Christmas from an earlier era. Admission to museum required. Norris, Tenn.
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First Day Hikes
Jan. 1: More than 400 hikes nationwide. Find First Day Hikes near you at your local state parks.
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Century of State Parks Poetry Contest
Jan. 1-April 1: Celebrate the centennial of the North Carolina State Park system by contributing to this poetry contest.
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Animals in Winter
Jan. 2: Interactive Nature Foundation presentation about what animals do in winter. For ages 3-10. Wintergreen, Va.
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Energy Efficiency Webinar
Jan. 20: Ask our panel of experts questions about how energy efficiency can reduce your carbon footprint.
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Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference
Jan. 27-30: The 25th annual conference offers informative courses and field trips, practical sessions, networking, and more. Lexington, Ky.
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Appalachian Studies Conference
Mar. 18-20: Save the date for this annual conference to encourage dialogue, research, scholarship and creative expression in the Appalachian region. Shepherdstown, W.Va.
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