December 19, 2015
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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'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.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.