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For Appalachian communities, the 117th Congress brought significant victories, but work remains

As the new Congress begins, we at Appalachian Voices are taking stock of the many victories achieved in the 117th Congress that just came to a close.

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U.S. Senate excludes Sen. Joe Manchin’s Building American Energy Security Act from National Defense Authorization Act

For immediate release: December 15, 2022 Contacts: Chelsea Barnes, Legislative Director, chelsea@appvoices.org Molly Moore, Director of Program Communications, molly@appvoices.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment that would have added Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposed Building American Energy

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Crowded lame duck session in D.C. brings dangers and opportunities for Appalachian communities

With just a few weeks remaining in this session of Congress, we’re fighting one alarming bill, working to pass two positive measures, and urging the Senate to confirm key appointments. Our Legislative Director Chelsea Barnes shares what’s happening on Capitol Hill.

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Statement on exclusion of permitting and Mountain Valley Pipeline language from defense bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 7, 2022 CONTACT Chelsea Barnes, chelsea@appvoices.org, (614) 205-6424 Ridge Graham, ridge@appvoices.org, (828) 994-7444 Update, 2 p.m., Dec. 7: After yesterday’s defeat, today Sen. Manchin released a new bill, the Building American Security Act of 2022, which

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Why we will win

Mara Eve Robbins, a stalwart activist in the movement against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, reflects on community and hope in this special guest blog.

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Statement on Manchin agreeing to pull permitting language from continuing resolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2022 CONTACT Dan Radmacher, (540) 798-6683, dan@appvoices.org Late this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Sen. Joe Manchin’s Energy Independence and Security Act of 2022 would be removed from a continuing resolution to

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Four ways to help stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the dirty deal this week

dozens of people hold colorful signs, with a black-and-white "stop mvp" sign above. Part of the capitol building in the background

It’s a critical moment in the movement against the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the effort to stop the polluter giveaway in Congress. Here are four ways to act.

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Appalachian Voices Statement on Kaine-Warner FERC Pipeline Permitting Bill

Mountain Valley Pipeline

PRESS STATEMENT Contact: Peter Anderson, Appalachian Voices Virginia Policy Director, peter@appvoices.org, (434) 249-6446 On Thursday, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) reintroduced the Pipeline Fairness, Transparency, and Responsible Development Act, a bill that would add meaningful notice,

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FERC grants Mountain Valley Pipeline four more years to complete project

The agency had previously granted an extension request in 2020, but the total length of the certificate, nine years, reflects the ongoing roadblocks and volatility of the project. In the motion, the FERC acknowledged “the validity of our conclusions and environmental conditions cannot be sustained indefinitely.” Yet, their decision to grant a seemingly open-ended certificate renewal contradicts this statement.

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Inflation Reduction Act’s passage makes important progress, but opens old battles on new fronts

We thought it might be helpful to sort through the good, the bad and the ugly, and explain why we support the Inflation Reduction Act and why we are wholly committed to fighting the industry’s permitting wish list and any forced congressional approval of MVP.

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