Today, I prayed we #kickcoalash

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

belewsGuest Contributor Caroline Rutledge Armijo: On Sunday, Residents for Coal Ash Clean Up met on Belews Lake, overlooking the smokestacks at Duke Energy's Belews Steam Station in Stokes County, N.C. Today marks the one year anniversary of the coal ash spill into the Dan River, the third largest coal ash spill in our nation’s history but likely a drop in the bucket of what would happen if there was a spill at Belews Creek. [ More ]

Update from the Virginia General Assembly

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | 2 Comments

Richmond_Virginia_CapitolVirginia’s legislative session may be brief, but many bills with major implications for our future energy mix have already been acted on. Two weeks into this year’s session, here is a look at where our top issues stand. [ More ]

Our Energy Savings campaign is heating up in the High Country

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

zachary_dixon_and_rory_mcilmoil Back in October we launched the High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest as part of our campaign to motivate Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. to offer an on-bill financing program for their members in western North Carolina. We solicited enough support to pay for energy efficiency retrofits for three Blue Ridge Electric members. Read on to meet the contest winners. [ More ]

Virginia must guard against Freedom Industries-type spill

Monday, January 26th, 2015 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

sachsUniversity of Richmond law professor Noah Sachs recalls the W.Va. crisis last year, when some 300,000 people were left without clean tap water because of a major spill from chemical storage tanks. Guess what - Virginia essentially has no laws to regulate land-based storage of toxic chemicals near rivers. As Sachs has documented, dozens of businesses each storing more than 1 million pounds of toxic chemicals are located on major rivers, including the James, Shenandoah and Potomac. [ More ]

Cheating shouldn’t pay

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 1 Comment

15626528019_3e96fa7547_h Appalachian Voices and our Kentucky partners scored a major victory when a judge, ruling on our case against a lawbreaking coal company, vigorously admonished state regulators for not enforcing the Clean Water Act. The state appealed, so as we head into 2015 it's clear that our work throughout the Appalachian region is more important than ever. [ More ]

Decent news for N.C. solar power

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

According to a report by Environment North Carolina, the state ranks fourth nationally for installed photovoltaic solar power in 2013. The N.C. Utilities Commission's decision to renew a set of rules governing the contracts between electric utilities and independent power producers allows the state's solar developers to begin the new year on steady footing. [ More ]

To protect or prosecute polluters?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 | Posted by Eric Chance | No Comments

FrasureCreek_waterKentucky regulators recently filed an administrative complaint against Frasure Creek Mining for hundreds of violations of the Clean Water Act. As we wait to see if the state is going to take its responsibility to protect the people and water of Kentucky from pollution seriously, Appalachian Voices will continue to do whatever we can to ensure that Frasure Creek and other polluters are held accountable. [ More ]

Top five energy bills in Virginia (at the moment)

Monday, January 19th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | 2 Comments

15644593947_2b89db5afc_z The Virginia General Assembly started last Wednesday, and the stage is set for an interesting couple of months while legislators tussle over a slew of energy bills--some good, and some very, very bad. Here's the rundown... [ More ]

Well, that was quick

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 | Posted by Thom Kay | 5 Comments

davidvitterIt was only a matter of time before the new Congress would commence with its anti-environmental, anti-science agenda. But 24 hours? That we weren't expecting. [ More ]

Fracking and pipelines threaten Appalachia

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

fracking_well_by_terry_wild_lesscroppedThe natural gas industry has overwhelmed scores of communities across the country, building miles of new pipelines and erecting huge drilling rigs. Appalachian Voices today launched web pages about efforts to open North Carolina to fracking and proposals to build natural gas pipelines through several Appalachian states, and the growing citizen movement to shift to cleaner energy. [ More ]

An interview with Christopher Scotton, author of “Secret Wisdom of the Earth”

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

chrisscottonFrom The Appalachian Voice Online: "Secret Wisdom of the Earth," the debut novel by Christopher Scotton released this week, is a coming-of-age story that takes familiar themes — tragedy and the quest to find healing — and explores them with the backdrop of a Central Appalachian community beset by mountaintop removal coal mining. [ More ]

A silver lining in EPA’s Coal Ash Rule

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | 3 Comments

epa coal ash ruleThe long-awaited, first-ever federal rule for regulating toxic coal ash--the second largest waste stream in the U.S.-- was released before the holidays. Appalachian Voices dives into the 700+-page rule and finds, yes, a number of problems, but lo ... some bright spots, too. [ More ]


 

 

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