DEQ’s “Do Not Drink” reversal elevates coal ash concerns

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 3 Comments

State officials in North Carolina owe citizens an apology and an explanation. The state Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Human Services are walking back their own recommendations that families living near coal ash ponds not drink or cook using well water containing levels of toxic substances that exceed their own standards. [ More ]

Responding to “Appalachia’s Distress”

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 2 Comments

Over the weekend, a letter by our Executive Director Tom Cormons to the editors of The New York Times appeared on the newspaper’s website. It was penned in part to stress the importance of the Stream Protection Rule and to urge federal regulators to stand firm in the face of industry opposition, and finalize it. [ More ]

A home base in Southwest Virginia

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 | Posted by Cat McCue | 2 Comments

We’re very excited to announce the official opening of our new office in the City of Norton, Va., located in far southwest Virginia, part of the Mountain Empire Here, we’re surrounded by the mountains, forests, rivers and communities we love. [ More ]

Virginia’s Clean Power Plan approach unchanged after court’s action

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stated that Virginia will “stay the course” and continue working to reduce carbon pollution after the U.S. Supreme Court hit pause on the Clean Power Plan. But there's still more that we’re counting on Governor McAuliffe to deliver. [ More ]

Virginia General Assembly compromises on solar

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | 1 Comment

While football fans were pumping up for the Big Game last weekend, supporters of clean power in Virginia were gearing up for a different showdown as key committees in the General Assembly prepared to take up important clean energy legislation. [ More ]

SCOTUS pauses the Clean Power Plan, for now

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

After a setback dealt by the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s imperative that decision makers in our region understand the opportunities presented by the Clean Power Plan rather than falsely attacking it as the cause of the coal industry’s hard times. [ More ]

POWER+ Plan has a place in Obama’s final budget

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

This morning, President Obama sent his plan for the federal government’s expenses during fiscal year 2017 to Congress. It lays out the president’s vision for spending on everything from clean energy to cancer research. We’re happy to announce that the POWER+ Plan is included. [ More ]

Action needed: Va. General Assembly considers pipeline policy fixes

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

Late last month, we learned that the U.S. Forest Service rejected the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed route. This development significantly checks the lickety-split pace of the project. If that renews your desire to take action, there are opportunities channel that feeling into these important legislative fights in the General Assembly. [ More ]

Appalachia’s stream health in the balance

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

"I can remember swimming, fishing, and camping on the Powell River. I can also remember times when those activities were not possible due to mining in the Powell River’s watershed that had devastated the ecosystem, wiping out fish populations and polluting the water to the point that it was unhealthy to swim in. My hope is that the Stream Protection Rule will ensure our rivers and streams are healthy for all the life that depends on them – including us." — Adam Malle's testimony to OSMRE on the Stream Protection Rule [ More ]

Va. leaders urge Gov. McAuliffe to reject Dominion’s climate-polluting plan

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

From Appalachian Voices' Press Room: Earlier this week, a wide array of Virginia leaders released a letter asking Governor Terry McAuliffe to reject efforts by Dominion Power that would increase carbon pollution in the Commonwealth. [ More ]

Do bankrupt coal company executives really deserve bonuses?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

Witnessing the one-sidedness of coal bankruptcies in Appalachia and their aftershocks goes to show who has a voice and whose voices the system values. Take Alpha Natural Resources, which recently received approval to pay its executives millions in bonuses despite not having made a profit since 2011. [ More ]

Our hope for the year ahead

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 1 Comment

Appalachian Voices is beginning 2016 stronger than ever and positioned to advance a positive future for the region we all love. Standing with citizens from across Appalachia and from all walks of life, we are hard at work and have high hopes for the year ahead. [ More ]


 

 

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