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Power Play: Countering Electric Utilities’ Political Influence

corporate state political donors map

Public interest groups are building political will to counter electric utilities’ influence in state governments.

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The Bluestone Turnpike Trail

Bluestone National Scenic River

This roughly 10-mile trail follows the Bluestone River in southern West Virginia and gives hikers a taste of the wild.

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The Clinch Coalition Celebrates 20 Years

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The grassroots environmental group has helped to protect the natural resources within the Jefferson National Forest for 20 years.

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Pipeline Resistance Grows on Multiple Fronts

Tree-sit

Tree-sits, legal battles and more have sprung up in response to the natural gas pipelines being proposed and built across the region.

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Sparking Petrochemical Valley?

aerial photo of cracker plant construction site

Plans for cracker plants and a gas liquids storage hub could lead to a toxic plastics industry in Appalachia.

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Can We Save the Mighty Hemlock?

dead and thriving hemlocks

As the threat posed by the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid grows, so do efforts to save “the redwood of the East.”

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Crossbills, Conifers and Calls

A Red Crossbill

These nomadic birds will travel great distances to extract the seeds of conifer cones with their unique crossing bills.

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Rapids from Flannagan Dam Drive Tourism

Kayaker in the rapids.

Local residents and small business owners near Flannagan Dam are pushing for more frequent releases from the dam to allow for a longer whitewater rafting season to increase tourism.

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A Burning Issue: The Health Costs of Coal Ash

David Hairston

Coal ash has been linked to a number of health problems, and community concerns have spurred researchers from the University of North Carolina to investigate drinking water wells in the state.

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Bill Could Boost Funding to Reclaim Abandoned Mines

Community advocates traveled to Washington, D.C.

If passed, the RECLAIM Act could provide much needed funding to clean up abandoned mine lands and prepare these sites for economically beneficial uses.

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