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Empowering Citizens at the 2018 Water Justice Summit

Water Justice Summit attendees

Water defenders and community activists from across Central Appalachia and beyond gathered in Blacksburg, Va., earlier this summer to network, share stories and strategize to protect the region’s water. The day included workshops on topics such as water quality monitoring,

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Empowering citizens at the Water Justice Summit

The recent Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg, Va., brought together citizens from Central Appalachia whose water is imperiled by coal mining, fracked gas pipelines and other industrial threats to strategize, learn skills and build affinity.

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History, health at stake in Buckingham County

The omissions and errors in the permitting process for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline regarding an African-American community in central Virginia amounts to racism. A state panel on environmental justice calls for a new process.

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Small Alabama town struggles for environmental justice

Our friends down in Alabama, the Black Belt Citizens for Health and Justice, have hit a setback in their fight for environmental justice and could use support.

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Welcoming Virginia’s New Environmental Justice Council

Members of the Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative

We commend Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s creation of Virginia’s first Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

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A people’s tribunal on environmental justice impacts of fracked gas

Lakshmi Fjord, property owner in Buckingham County, Va., where a giant compressor station would be built, talks about the ongoing effort to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the people coming together to fight it.

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Environmental justice in Buckingham County

Members of the Buckingham County Planning Commission look over a packed room of people speaking out against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station.

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.

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Cleaning Up A Mess: Coal Ash Across Appalachia

Appalachian states are burdened by millions of tons of toxic coal ash. Without firm federal standards, it’s up to states to determine much of the cleanup process — and regional states are taking varying approaches.

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Catholic Letter Addresses Environment, Economy

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia’s third pastoral letter highlights the voices of ordinary citizens and focuses on social justice and environmental issues including mountaintop removal coal mining, water quality, climate change, poverty and health.

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In the Neighborhood: Living with Coal Ash

By Sandra Diaz Tracey Edwards, a lifelong resident of Stokes County, resides within three miles of the coal-fired Belews Creek Steam Station, and is concerned about the coal ash the plant generates. As a child growing up in the mostly

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