April 19, 2016
Known as the "Beast of the East" by kayakers the world over, the Russell Fork River on the Virginia-Kentucky border has landed on this year's "America's 10 Most Endangered Rivers" list because of the threat of a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine upstream.
Residents of Stokes County, N.C., packed a town hall meeting in April to address the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on how coal ash pollution impacts public health. Meanwhile, North Carolina regulators are shortchanging communities threatened by coal ash across the state.
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In an exclusive post to our Front Porch Blog, award-winning Appalachian writer Ron Rash reflects on how stereotypes about Appalachia, like the outlandish ones portrayed in WGN's TV series "Outsiders," cloak real harms much more profound than cultural misperceptions.
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Webinar: Paying for the Pipelines
Join our panel of experts on May 3 at 2 p.m. to find out more about the proposed expansion of natural gas pipelines and infrastructure in Appalachia. Hear about the expected costs of these projects, both financial and environmental, and discuss the impact on local communities and landscapes. Our speakers will also be available to answer your questions in this live presentation!
* Photo by Rick Webb, Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition
Appalachian Voices and our partners scored a key victory in our legal action against a landholding company and a Jim Justice-owned coal company that will lead to the cleanup of toxic selenium from streams in southwest Virginia.
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The boulders and cliffs of Appalachia are a treasure trove for the region's climbers. As the sport's popularity grows, more parks and towns are welcoming the climbing community and the tourists drawn to the area's unique rock formations.