The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

September 20, 2017

Duke Energy wants to raise NC rates

The company responsible for the Dan River coal ash disaster is asking state regulators to approve a 16 percent rate hike for residential customers — even though North Carolinians are already paying the cost for Duke’s coal ash mess.

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NC hits pause on pipeline

Earlier this month, Gov. Cooper’s administration delayed its decision on whether to permit the controversial fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, requesting additional information about the project's potential impacts on more than 300 waterways in the state.

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bri and ninaTwo new staffers in Tennessee

We’re delighted to welcome Bri and Nina to the Appalachian Voices team. Brianna Knisely hails from rural southern Ohio and focuses her career on community-driven sustainable development for rural areas. Nina Levison has experience organizing around environmental justice and energy issues. They are in our Knoxville office and work on bringing the benefits of energy efficiency to the people of East Tennessee.

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It’s still happening: Mountaintop removal in Tennessee

The Clearfork Valley of Tennessee has been intensely surface-mined for decades. Now, KopperGlo Mining is moving forward with a nearly 1,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on nearby Cooper Ridge.

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Cultivating Appalachian wild medicinals

Harvesting plants like ginseng and ramps from Appalachian forests has long helped to sustain area families. Now, a movement called “forest farming” is emerging to grow these plants on private land to help strengthen the market for Appalachian botanicals.

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A coal baron shirks his civic duty

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice clearly favors Central Appalachian coal — it’s largely how he made his fortune, after all. It’s less clear whether Justice is thinking about Central Appalachian people and the future of the region.

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

2017 Brushy Fork Annual Institute
Sep. 19-21: Join App Voices and many others for three days of nonprofit workshops, presentations and more. Berea, Ky.

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Democracy for Sale Film Screenings
Sep. 21 & 25:
Watch Zach Galifianakis’ documentary on how the money of a few took over the politics of North Carolina and America as a whole. Charlottesville, Va.
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Virginia Environmental Assembly
Sep. 22-23:
Meet with eco-advocates for two days of dialogue on environmental issues facing Virginia. Fredericksburg, Va.
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NAAMLP Conference
Sep. 24-27:
Network and more at the 39th annual National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs conference. Lexington, Ky.
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High Knob Naturalist Rally
Sep. 30:
Attend one of the largest events focused on ecology and conservation in the region. Norton, Va.
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The Gathering: Ecological Devastation Livestream
Oct. 1: Join a livestream broadcast with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove as they co-host program about the moral demand for care of the earth. Online.
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National Storytelling Festival
Oct. 6-8: Let your mind wander as you listen to tales spoken by some of the best storytellers in the world. Jonesborough, Tenn.
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Save the Greenbrier River
Oct. 7:
Enjoy food and music while learning how to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Forest Hill, W.Va.
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Matewan 30th Anniversary Film Screening
Oct. 7:
Relive West Virginia coal miner history with the acclaimed 1987 film. South Charleston, W.Va.
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41st Annual Hey Day Fall Festival
Oct. 7:
Come to the WNC Nature Center for a kid-friendly day of music, crafts, animal exhibitions and more! Asheville, N.C.
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2017 Virginia Solar Congress
Oct. 14:
This free public conference boasts a variety of workshops and open forums for those interested in solar energy. Harrisonburg, Va.
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Transforming Appalachia: Embracing Change to Drive Progress
Oct. 17-19:
The Appalachian Regional Commission's conference looks to the future of the mountains. Pittsburgh, Penn.
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