October 22, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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