Help protect North Carolina’s forest wilderness

Monday, December 14th, 2015 | Posted by Matt Wasson | No Comments

More than 50 years after the Wilderness Act was signed into law, less than one third of one percent of North Carolina's land area has been protected as wilderness. The U.S. Forest Service is revising its plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala Forests, and is seeking public comment to help determine the future of some beloved places in the state. [ More ]

An end to Frasure Creek’s water violations in Kentucky — finally

Thursday, December 10th, 2015 | Posted by Erin Savage | 1 Comment

Late Monday evening, Appalachian Voices and our partners finalized a historic settlement in our case against Frasure Creek Mining. The settlement follows a five-year-long legal battle to protect eastern Kentucky’s waterways and bring a coal company notorious for violating environmental laws to justice. [ More ]

NC DEQ’s blatant bid for control

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

Over the past few months, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has seemed determined to have complete environmental regulatory control with little regard for federal or public input. In this endeavor, DEQ has taken every chance to highlight how external forces, including citizens groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are simply getting in its way. [ More ]

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship guilty

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

After a six-week-long trial that included 27 witnesses and hundreds of exhibits, followed by a week and a half of dramatic deliberations, Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has been found guilty of conspiring to violate federal mine safety laws. [ More ]

Student leaders support the POWER+ Plan

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

Yesterday, a group of student leaders in eastern Kentucky took a commendable step in support of Central Appalachia's youth and economic future. By a unanimous vote, the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative Student Senate passed a resolution of support for the Obama administration's POWER+ Plan. [ More ]

Takin’ 5 with Tony Flaccavento

Saturday, November 28th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

tonyTony Flaccavento has been a leading voice for sustainable economic development in southwest Virginia for more than two decades. An organic farmer, small businessman and author, Tony has been making a series of short videos exploring the positive forces of localized, sustainable economies. [ More ]

Sizing up APCo’s plan, through customers’ eyes

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

Appalachian Power Company customers gathered in Roanoke recently to learn more about their electricity provider's long-term resource plans and get involved in these critical decisions. Here's a look at how APCo’s plan stands to impede Virginia from harnessing its full renewable energy potential. [ More ]

New faces, fresh perspectives

Friday, November 20th, 2015 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

We're excited to welcome two new members to the Appalachian Voices team. Maya Viknius, born and raised in the Ukraine, brings a unique cultural perspective and nearly 20 years experience in accounting, while Leigh Kirchner, a first-generation college graduate with centuries-old roots in Appalachia, adds her regional know-how to our development team. [ More ]

Focus on Appalachia’s future

Friday, November 20th, 2015 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 1 Comment

The winds of change are blowing in Central Appalachia, carrying voices of people determined to see their communities thrive in a future where the coal industry no longer dominates. Executive Director Tom Cormons reflects on our achievements in 2015, including the opening of our new office in southwest Virginia where we have made tremendous progress engaging with local citizens to envision a new, sustainable economy. [ More ]

Crowdsourcing Southwest Virginia’s New Economy

Friday, November 20th, 2015 | Posted by Adam Wells | 3 Comments

Adam-Wise-CountyAppalachian Voices is on the ground in southwest Virginia, holding community forums and engaging with citizens from all walks of life to gather their hopes and visions for creating a new economy in the region. You might think of it as old-fashioned crowdsourcing. Soon, we'll have an online, modern-day crowdsourcing platform to gather more ideas and details to help make these visions become reality. [ More ]

North Carolina lawmakers put fracking first

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Residents across North Carolina are looking to their local government officials to oppose fracking since pleas to decision makers in Raleigh have largely fallen on deaf ears. The town of Walnut Cove, N.C., and Rockingham County recently joined the small but growing list of localities where commissions of elected officials have passed anti-fracking moratoriums. [ More ]

I heard it through the pipeline

Friday, November 6th, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

From Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s perspective, it’s probably best to just keep a lid on what state officials say publicly about controversial natural gas pipelines proposed to cut through the state. But among opponents of the pipelines, the administration’s actions are only deepening skepticism of the governor and his relationship with the projects' primary backers. [ More ]


 

 

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