The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

October 25, 2017

The complicated nature of land ownership in Appalachia

The first installment in our new series, The Land Matrix, begins our look at land ownership in Appalachia and how it impacts efforts to diversify the region's economy.

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UPDATE: Stopping the pipelines in Appalachia

Energy companies are pushing harder than ever to build the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines — but the citizen movement to stop them grows stronger every day. Here are the latest updates:

Harnessing the power of solar

The latest issue of The Appalachian Voice features a special section on solar — including community efforts to bring more residential solar arrays and clean energy job-training opportunities to the mountains.

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Defending community rights to clean water enforcement

After four years, one very determined citizen compelled government agencies to grant his right to attend on-site inspections of possible water pollution violations at coal mines. That citizen is Matt Hepler, now on staff with Appalachian Voices as a water quality expert.

[ Read Matt's account ]

Upset residents say NO to Duke Energy rate hikes

A proposed 16.7% rate increase would force Duke Energy Progress customers to foot the bill for cleanup of the company's toxic coal ash mess around the state.

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Pruitt repeals the Clean Power Plan

The Clean Power Plan represented a historic if modest step toward curbing carbon pollution and accelerating the transition to cleaner energy nationwide. Repealing the rule is a historic step backward.

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2018 Board of Directors Elections
If you're a member of Appalachian Voices, help us define our direction for 2018 by participating in our board elections.

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WE'RE HIRING
The New Economy Field Coordinator will work in Southwest Virginia to revitalize the area through renewable energy development and post-mine land cleanup.

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

VA People's Tribunal
Oct. 28: A public forum of those impacted by proposed pipelines in the region featuring renowned activist Lois Gibbs. Charlottesville, Va.
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The Food Summit
Oct. 28: Explore the issue of food waste and community-scale composting; featuring acclaimed food writer Ronni Lundy. Boone, N.C.
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Blue Ridge Folklife Festival
Oct. 28: Celebrating the rich heritage and traditions of Appalachia. Ferrum, Va.
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WV Good Jobs Conference
Nov. 6-8: Work with stakeholders to create sustainable economic development in the region. Beckley, W.Va.
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Sierra Club Kentucky Annual Gathering
Nov. 10-12: Discuss the history and future of environmental activism in the state. Lucas, Ky.
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Out in the South: Central Appalachia
Nov. 10-12: The Highlander Center hosts this regional gathering of LGBTQIA+ communities. New Market, Tenn.
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FaCT: Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future
Nov. 11: Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania faith communities discuss green initiatives. Amesville, Ohio.
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Farm Dreams Workshop
Nov. 11, Dec. 2: Learn how to start your own sustainable farm. Boone and Asheville, N.C.
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NC Climate Justice Summit
Nov. 17-19: Hear from frontline communities and discuss strategies relating to coal ash, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, hog waste and more. Brown Summit, N.C.
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People vs. Oil and Gas Infrastructure Summit
Nov. 17-20: Grassroots groups gather to fight new fossil fuel projects. Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Appalachian Voices Membership Meeting
Nov. 30: Join members, friends and staff of Appalachian Voices to discuss our work. Boone, N.C.; Charlottesville, Va.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Norton, Va.

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