March 19, 2016
All across Appalachia, efforts big and small are blooming to ensure the region's coal-impacted communities endure and thrive, even as the industry continues to decline. Appalachian Voices is proud to be working shoulder to shoulder with local citizens and leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors in this vital effort.
After being warned by state officials their water is not safe to drink, hundreds of families impacted by coal ash in North Carolina took steps to protect their health. Imagine their confusion now as the same state officials assure them that the water is safe, and always has been.
Landowners struggle with property rights
In Appalachia, the issue of land ownership is complicated. In the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice, we explore the continuing struggles of mountain families fighting strip mining, the encroachment of fracking on farmland, and proposed natural gas pipelines that would affect residents in three states.
The U.S. Supreme Court has paused it, the Virginia General Assembly tried to derail it, but increasingly, Virginians are showing support for a strong Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions and grow a clean energy economy.
Amber Moodie-Dyer has spent her career either teaching or as an advocate for issues of community empowerment, poverty and social justice, and will serve as our new Energy Savings Outreach Coordinator for North Carolina. Jimmy Davidson joins our Communications team to add his extensive background in graphic design, photography and illustration.
What's that eerie scream in the forest? The Eastern cougar was declared extinct in 2011, but evidence now shows that big cats — most likely western cousins migrating east — reside once more in the hills of Appalachia.