Don’t drink the water

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | 1 Comment

dukeplant_averylocklear As part of coal ash law enacted in North Carolina last year, Duke Energy is required to test the well water of residents living within 1000 feet of the massive coal ash ponds that dot the state. Now, the first round of water testing results are coming back, giving residents and regulators a clear picture of just how widespread the problem is. [ More ]

Meet Tarence, the newest member of our team!

Friday, April 17th, 2015 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

tarence Appalachian Voices would like to welcome Tarence, Ray, our newest member to the team! Serving as our new Central Appalachian Field Coordinator, Tarence will be working in central Appalachia helping expand our Appalachian Water Watch project and working on federal policy to end mountaintop removal coal mining. [ More ]

POWER+ Plan deserves a warmer welcome

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 | Posted by Adam Wells | 1 Comment

clinchfarmersmarket While we here in Appalachia are working overtime to reinvent our economy and outlast the fall of King Coal, you would think that our representatives in Washington, D.C., would be eager to pass measures that send much-needed federal aid to help our hard hit coal-producing counties. But most of the region’s congressmen and senators are staying silent, and those who are going on the record are definitely not stepping up to the plate. [ More ]

“MVP” is not a most valued project

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

tinabadgercroppedOpposition is mounting to the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that would carry highly pressurized natural gas for 300 miles through farms and forests from W.Va. to Va. Several counties have taken action to oppose or question the project, and citizens all along the route are making their voices heard. Guest blogger Tina Badger is one. [ More ]

Mountain protectors try again in N.C.

Friday, April 10th, 2015 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | 2 Comments

DotGriffith North Carolina Rep. Pricey Harrison introduced a bill today to phase out North Carolina’s use of mountaintop removal coal. The bill mirrors one that has been in the legislature before and that received bipartisan backing, with 75 legislators signing a letter of support. Rep. Harrison's bill also aims to help ratepayers during the economic recovery by placing a moratorium on new coal-fired power plants in the state. [ More ]

Two historic homes get some TLC energy

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 | Posted by Eliza Laubach | 1 Comment

eliza-home-energy-contestMeet two families in the High Country of North Carolina who paid extraordinarily high electric bills and still suffered from drafty homes—until they won energy efficiency home improvemetns in Appalachian Voices' contest. [ More ]

Welcome to Congress, Mr. Mooney. Your bill is the worst.

Monday, April 6th, 2015 | Posted by Thom Kay | 3 Comments

mooney Alex Mooney is newly elected to Congress, from West Virginia's 2nd district. His first bill is a doozie - it would stop a stream protection rule he’s never seen, have drastically different impacts than he thinks, and be written and enforced by an agency whose purpose he doesn’t understand. [ More ]

A first for North Carolina, now open for fracking

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | No Comments

Fracking rigMarch 17 marked the first day in history that North Carolina has been fully open to the oil and gas industry for the dangerous, environmentally destructive practice of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Though the moratorium on fracking has been lifted, communities and environmental organizations across the state are prepared to continue fighting. [ More ]

Although industry gets fined, citizens still pay the price

Friday, March 20th, 2015 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

Photo by Avery Locklear In one of the largest Clean Water Act deals in recent memory, Duke Energy agreed to pay $102 million to settle federal charges for its coal ash pollution in North Carolina. It’s the most recent example of a coal-related company facing fines for violating the law, and although that’s a step in the right direction, it can never compensate for the human cost borne for years by citizens living near coal ash ponds and mountaintop removal mines. [ More ]

Two passionate organizers join the team

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

amy_adam We’re delighted to welcome two new members to the Appalachian Voices family! Adam Wells will be serving as our Economic Diversification Campaign Coordinator in southwest Virginia, where his roots reach back six generations. Amy Kelly, who traces her roots in the Volunteer state back to the 18th century, will work with local residents to grow energy efficiency programs as our Tennessee Energy Savings Outreach Coordinator. [ More ]

Yes, Virginia, there was a silver lining to the General Assembly

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

1506880_545692232232755_7519825862257630233_nFor Appalachian Voices and our partners, it was a mostly defensive game this year in the Virginia legislature as we fought a slew of bad bills by industry-backed and climate-denying politicians. We succeeded in squelching the worst of them, but a lot of policy that could have moved the commonwealth toward cleaner energy and a stronger economy fell by the wayside. There’s always next year…. [ More ]

Going to court for clean water

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 | Posted by Eric Chance | 1 Comment

fc-mtrAfter we revealed thousands of water pollution violations at Frasure Creek Mining’s mountaintop removal coal mines in eastern Kentucky, state regulators (finally) took administrative action. Appalachian Voices and our partners are seeking to intervene in that process to ensure environmental protections are enforced, and we have filed our own lawsuit in federal court. [ More ]


 

 

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