Final Stream Protection Rule released

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 | Posted by Erin Savage | 1 Comment

On Monday, the U.S. Department of the Interior released the Stream Protection Rule, which aims to protect streams from the impacts of surface and longwall mining. The final rule offers only modest improvements to protections for public waterways, but it is well worth defending from congressional attack. [ More ]

Why is Dominion’s IRP important for Virginia’s future?

Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

In Virginia, electric utilities providing public services are regulated to ensure that they balance reliability, sustainability, and affordability. That balancing act is what "integrated resource planning" is all about. In this blog, we dive into the recent plan from Dominion Virginia Power, the heavyweight in the state's electric sector whose choices affect not only its customers, but virtually all of us, and our environment. [ More ]

Trouble is afoot in NC special session

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

After days of deflecting questions and refusing to explain their priorities for the “emergency session,” Republicans introduced a slew of bills that would make sweeping changes and dramatically shift the balance of power away from the governor. Take action to stop this blatant abuse of power. [ More ]

Lighting up the night with the Daylight Savings Challenge

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

To make this winter a little easier for folks in Boone, N.C. facing high energy bills, Appalachian Voices devised the Daylight Savings Challenge. Five student volunteers helped us distribute energy efficient LED light bulbs to seniors. All together, the project should save the residents at least $280 a year. That translates to about 1.75 tons of coal that won’t get burned and more than four tons of carbon dioxide pollution that won’t contribute to climate change [ More ]

America’s miners deserve better than this; time to do your part

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 | Posted by Thom Kay | 2 Comments

America owes a debt to the nation’s coal miners. The Miners Protection Act would begin to pay that debt, but the opportunity for Congress to pass the bill is quickly slipping away. [ More ]

Trump’s pick for Commerce has troubled history in coal

Monday, December 5th, 2016 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

Wilbur Ross -- a man who helmed a large Kentucky coal company with a troubled history of environmental and miner safety violations -- has been chosen to be the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce. If President-elect Trump truly believes that economic growth and opportunity can only be gained at the expense of worker safety, community health and clean water, he could make no better pick than Ross. [ More ]

Boone team moves to new office

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Our headquarters located in Boone, N.C., has a new home! The staff office is now located at 589 West King Street, right in the heart of the downtown district. [ More ]

Yes, we can be thankful this season

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Appalachian Voices | No Comments

For many ordinary and extraordinary people in Appalachia working to protect the mountains, rivers, forests and farmlands that make our region so special, it may be difficult to be thankful this holiday season. The staff of Appalachian Voices wanted to take this opportunity to express what we are thankful for, and to invite you to do the same. [ More ]

What we do now — a note from Executive Director Tom Cormons

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 1 Comment

I believe deeply in Appalachian Voices’ longstanding mission to bring people together for the well-being of Appalachian communities, our shared natural heritage and our children’s futures. In stark contrast, the presidential election has underscored and exaggerated our differences, overshadowing the many fundamental values we share. But being discouraged is not an option. Instead, we must join together like never before. [ More ]

French Broad communities broadly support on-bill financing

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

Our recent “French Broad Community Energy Forum” in western North Carolina brought together more than 60 residents and representatives of local government, community service agencies, and businesses to learn and talk about the advantages of providing upfront financing for residents to make home energy efficiency improvements. [ More ]

Southwest Virginians speak out against Doe Branch Mine

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

“God gave us the water so we can stay clean, and so we can drink it. I don’t want poison in the water.” Those are the words of 6-year-old Levi Marney, spoken to representatives of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy at a public meeting about the proposed Doe Branch mountaintop removal mine in Haysi. [ More ]

We stand together

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

An important message from our executive director, Tom Cormons: Today, more than ever, we need to stand together and support each other to defend the health of Appalachia’s communities, our irreplaceable natural heritage, and the future of the planet. We know you are with us. [ More ]


 

 

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