The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

October 22, 2016

Saying no to a fracked-gas future

In dozens of communities in Appalachia and beyond, Americans are fervently protesting an onslaught of proposals to build fracked-gas plants and pipelines that would destroy their homes, threaten their health, and worsen climate change. Studies show the infrastructure buildout is not needed.

[ Read Executive Director Tom Cormons' letter. ]

Solidarity after the storm

As the flood waters in eastern North Carolina recede, we are learning more about the impacts left in Hurricane Matthew’s wake, including alarming instances of pollution from coal ash sites and industrial-scale agriculture. Environmental justice groups from across the state are standing with communities as they assess the damage and begin to rebuild.

[ Read ACT Against Coal Ash’s statement. ]


Join our “Daylight Savings Challenge”

The change of season brings shorter days and cooler temps — and for many people in the Appalachian mountain region, higher electric bills to pay for the added heat and lighting. We’ve launched our “Daylight Savings Challenge” to encourage everyone to take a few steps to reduce energy use this autumn, and to reach out and help our neighbors most in need in the Boone, N.C., area.

[ Sign the pledge! ]

Environmental justice in rural Virginia

Dozens of Buckingham Co. residents and supporters turned out for local meetings to stop a fracked-gas compressor station — part of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline — proposed in a predominantly African-American community. The massive project would belch air pollution 24/7, and forever alter the area’s cultural heritage.

[ Read Lara’s blog. ]


Navigating the Russell Fork

The impressive Russell Fork River formed the stunning gorge at Breaks Interstate Park and is beloved by boaters, local communities and visitors. But the river is also listed as “endangered” due to threats from a potential surface coal mine.

[ Read the story in The Appalachian Voice ]
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A rare fish protected

The eye-catching Kentucky arrow darter has been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, largely due to water pollution from activities like surface coal mining. Increased protection for this rare fish will lead to healthier ecosystems and communities.

[ Read more. ]

 

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Troubled Waters: Voices of Bath
Through Oct. 30:
Photo exhibit of fracked-gas pipeline protesters in western Virginia. Film on Oct. 28. Charlottesville, Va.
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National Weatherization Day
Oct. 30:
Winter is coming, and our video series of DIY projects can help you get your house ready for the cold weather!
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Mtn Valley Pipeline Public Hearings
Nov. 1-9:
Tell FERC your concerns about the draft environmental impact statement for the Mountain Valley Pipeline at public hearings in PA, VA and WV.
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Restoring Abandoned Mine Lands: Webinar
Nov. 2:
Hear about our new study on economic development projects that could benefit coal-impacted communities in Southwest Virginia.
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Virginia Film Festival
Nov. 6:
Join Appalachian Voices and filmmaker Tom Hansell of Appalachian State at a screening of “After Coal.” Charlottesville, Va.
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Public Lecture by Erin Brockovich
Nov. 7:
Speaking on “Community Power: How We Can All Make a Difference in Creating a Healthier Planet.” Salisbury, N.C.
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Fire in the Park
Nov. 9:
The Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club hosts a presentation on the spring fire that scorched 10,000 acres in Shenandoah National Park. Charlottesville, Va.
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Energy Efficiency Forum—French Broad Co-op
Nov. 16:
A community forum to learn about financing options for residential energy efficiency projects. Marshall, N.C.
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Deadline for Appalachian Mountain Photo Competition
Nov. 18:
Professional and amateur photographers can showcase their interpretations of Southern Appalachia.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
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