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Mountain Valley Pipeline impacts halt construction; rollbacks for Atlantic Coast Pipeline revealed

Northam administration must act following string of regulatory failures BREAKING: Developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline announced today that they are suspending construction activities of the project in Virginia. Citizens have repeatedly called on the state to order a halt

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Virginians urge regulators to reject “blanket” permit for pipelines

The State Water Control Board received more than 13,000 public comments concerning a “blanket” federal permit granted to the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.

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Protect our communities. Stop the MVP Southgate fracked-gas pipeline

The developers behind the Mountain Valley Pipeline will host meetings on June 25-28 to get local feedback in some of the communities the 72-mile proposed MVP Southgate extension would traverse.

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“Water Justice Summit” will engage Appalachians to protect clean water as a human right

PRESS ADVISORY For June 1 and 2, 2018 On June 1 and 2, individuals from across Appalachia and the Southeast will gather in Blacksburg, Va., for the Water Justice Summit. The event is being organized by and for individuals fighting

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Settlement Reached for Jim Justice Mines

On Sept. 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement resolving thousands of pollution violations against Southern Coal Corporation and 26 affiliated coal mining companies with operations in Appalachia.

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EPA limits coal plants’ toxic discharges. Finally.

Finally, the EPA is taking action on cleaning up toxic wastewater discharges from the nation’s power plants. A new rule out this week updates standards from 32 years ago, which virtually granted license to utilities to discharge unlimited toxins into streams, rivers and lakes.

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Weak fracking rules pass in N.C.

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The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission issued their final vote on proposed changes to the rules regulating the process of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas last Friday, voting unanimously to approve the rule set. Despite the outpouring of public comments requesting stronger rules, almost all of the commission’s changes fell short of what the public overwhelmingly asked for, and the few changes that strengthen the rules only minimally do so.

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Spring Happenings for Clean Water in N.C.

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This spring, many North Carolinians are feeling renewed concern about the threat coal ash poses to our water resources. During the next month, concerned citizens are gathering across the state to make their voices heard and create a cleaner way forward. Find a festival, rally, picnic or community meeting near you!

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Fighting for Virginia’s Clean Water

Appalachian Voices joined a lawsuit against Penn Virginia Operating Company in late January regarding selenium pollution from abandoned mines.

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