August 24, 2016
Our democratic responsibility should not be confined just to voting on Election Day. We have opportunities throughout the year to participate; whether it's meeting with our congressional representatives, writing a letter to the editor or signing an online petition, each action represents a voice or idea that would otherwise not be heard.
In the Southwest Virginia city of Norton, Appalachian Voices is supporting a project that would enhance recreation along the Guest River and clean up an abandoned coal tipple that is both an eyesore and a source of pollution.
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The massive proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline would carry fracked natural gas some 300 miles through West Virginia and Virgina. Attend one of the several upcoming community forums to learn more, and get involved to stop this destructive project.
It takes a network of motivated citizens and private and public partnerships to create new hiking trails. Here's a look at a few efforts to bring more trails — and dollars — to Appalachian communities.
Two scientists employed by North Carolina say the state was wrong to rescind the "do not drink" advisories for families living near toxic, leaking coal ash ponds. Gov. McCrory's administration responded by denouncing and defaming them.
* Flag photo by Alisha Newton
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Making King Coal pay for reclamation
In a major announcement, the federal Office of Surface Mining will strengthen "self-bonding" requirements to ensure coal companies can't walk away from their financial obligations to reclaim closed mining sites. The agency cited 117,000 citizen comments as a factor in its decision.