FERC’s pipeline review process is broken

Monday, February 20th, 2017 | Posted by Peter Anderson | 1 Comment

It’s no secret: oil and gas pipelines have captured the nation’s attention, not to mention the new administration’s. But new research is refuting the industry's pro-pipeline arguments and even a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is calling for greater scrutiny of proposed natural gas infrastructure projects. [ More ]

Protect natural resources for Southwest Virginia’s future

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 | Posted by Appalachian Voices | 1 Comment

For all my life, the coal economy has ruled this region and its people," writes Ron Short of Danville, Va., in a letter supporting the Stream Protection Rule. "Now we are facing the demise of the coal industry, and we must save the valuable natural resources that we have left if we are ever to develop cultural tourism and eco-tourism as important parts of a new economy that works for everyone." [ 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Environmental justice in Buckingham County

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

A proposed compressor station along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route would pose public health risks and increase noise pollution in a rural, historically black community. Citizens are fervently urging local officials to reject the project, which would severely impact the viability of the pipeline overall. [ More ]

A growing mine is a growing problem for the Russell Fork River

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

The history of the Doe Branch mine in Southwest Virginia is long and complicated, and its future remains unclear. A bankruptcy saga with the mine’s previous owner stalled development in the past year, but things appear to be getting back on track — putting the Russell Fork River at risk. [ More ]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline could face further delays

Friday, September 9th, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth E. Payne | 2 Comments

In a letter sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 1, the U.S. Forest Service voiced concerns that the proposed route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could threaten several streams in the George Washington National Forest. [ More ]

Norton’s walk along the river

Monday, August 8th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In the Southwest Virginia city of Norton, Appalachian Voices is supporting a project that would enhance recreation along the Guest River and clean up an abandoned coal tipple that is both an eyesore and a source of pollution. [ More ]

If I had a hammer…

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 | Posted by Lara Mack | 1 Comment

Lara Mack, our Virginia Field Organizer, helped organize last Saturday's "March on the Mansion" in Richmond to call for clean energy solutions over fracked-gas pipelines, toxic coal ash and climate impacts. She reflects on the legacy, captured in the timeless song, "If I had a hammer," on the power of citizens coming together to fight for social justice. [ More ]

A power play for Virginia’s power plan

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

The shift to a clean energy economy in Virginia faces many obstacles -- extreme mining, extreme drilling, and apparently extreme legislating. The General Assembly, after failing during session to wrest authority from the governor over the state's compliance with the Clean Power Plan, used a budgetary ploy after session that handicaps the administration's efforts. [ More ]

Connecting the economic dots in Southwest Virginia

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

More than 300 people turned out for the recent Southwest Virginia Economic Forum hosted by UVA-Wise -- perhaps the largest gathering of people coming together to talk specifically and hopefully about solutions for the region's economic future. A week later, the positive energy coming out of the forum is still palpable in the community, with some feeling it may have been the turning point for the region. [ More ]


 

 

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