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States Tackle Environmental and Energy Issues

With state legislative sessions underway across Appalachia, here are some energy and environmental bills to keep an eye on.

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Petrochemical Plants Advance

Ohio issued an air permit for a petrochemical plant in Belmont County as construction continues on Royal Dutch Shell’s ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania.

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Health Improves in Allegheny County, Pa., After Shenango Coke Plant Closes

After Shenango Coke Works closed in 2016, Allegheny County, Pa., saw a significant decrease in ER visits for breathing and heart disorders, though there is no scientifically proven connection.

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Holding pipeline profiteers accountable

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The fossil fuel industry and monopoly utilities will not turn easily from their money-making course. We citizens must continue to hold them accountable.

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People in the Path of Pipelines

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New pipelines transporting natural gas and gas liquids would cut across hundreds of miles through Appalachia and beyond, putting people, land and water at risk. Here, residents along the route share their stories. Mountain Valley Pipeline Cletus and Beverly Bohon

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Elise and Ellen Gerhart

Ellen and Elise Gerhart

Fighting back against a pipeline company with the worst oil spill rate in the country, the Gerhart family started a tree-sit in March 2017 that was still ongoing a year later.

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Cash for Carbon: Working Woodlands Program Grows in Appalachia

Over 25,000 acres of forest in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia will remain undeveloped for use in Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber markets.

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Pennsylvania Protects Stream

The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board recently rejected a permit for underground longwall mining at the Polen Run stream.

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Mine Reclamation Pilot Program Breaks Ground

A new Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization program has broken ground in Pennsylvania, with additional projects identified in West Virginia and Kentucky.

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Fracking Investigations Stir Questions, Fines

Kentucky researchers prepare to test for fracking-induced earthquakes, a university fracking site stirs controversy in West Virginia, and suspicion rises that there may be natural gas beneath Stokes County, North Carolina.

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