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Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Public Comment Period Begins

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be accepting public comments on the 73-mile fracked-gas pipeline through Sept. 16, 2019.

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Taking Energy Democracy to the People Through Tours

Alongside partner organizations and concerned citizens, Appalachian Voices launched an Energy Democracy Tour to educate residents in Virginia, North Carolina and the Tennessee Valley on how to take back their electric system from monopoly utilities.

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SNAP Stretch Programs Expand Access to Fresh Food

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Many communities across Appalachia have programs that extend the purchasing power of federal food stamps for locally grown food.

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NC Groups Challenge Laws Favoring Industrial Hog Operations

Several N.C. environmental and community groups filed a challenge against laws that limit lawsuits against industrial hog operations, claiming that the facilities violate individual property rights and that the laws discriminate against minority groups.

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Energy Justice coalition reveals “pay-to-play” ties between Duke Energy, N.C. lawmakers

The Energy Justice North Carolina Coalition released a report today detailing the influence of Duke Energy’s campaign contributions on state legislators’ support for Duke-sponsored bills together with a new, interactive web tool that tracks political contributions from electric monopolies like

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As Duke Energy contests cleanup, new evidence points to coal ash risks

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As Duke Energy appeals the state of North Carolina’s coal ash cleanup order, new information points to the severity of the problem and why coal ash excavation is needed.

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North Carolina denies water permit for MVP Southgate pipeline

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Contact: Ridge Graham, 828-278-7493, ridge@appvoices.org Cat McCue, 434-293-6373, cat@appvoices.org The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has denied a key water quality permit for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate, dealing the project a setback. The permit is required under

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Keeping the Nolichucky “Wild and Scenic”

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A grassroots effort to protect the Nolichucky River has the support of lawmakers, outdoor enthusiasts, businesses and more.

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Tribal Governments Dispute Proposed Casino

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians claims that a federal bill allowing the Catawba Indian Nation to build a casino in North Carolina is “a modern day land-grab” of Cherokee aboriginal lands, while the Catawba argue that they have rights to the land.

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Study Finds Red Wolves are a Distinct Species

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that red wolves are a distinct species, allowing the species to be listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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