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Environmental Votetracker — Aug/Sept 2017 issue

chart of legislators' votes

How Appalachian House and Senate members voted regarding several environmental issues in June and July

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A summer of learning and organizing against pipelines

Virginia Grassroots Organizing Assistant Max Rooke (left) at an event with Virginia Field Organizer Lara Mack.

This is the last day of my internship with Appalachian Voices. But even though my formal time here is over, I plan to continue fighting for clean water.

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Groups challenge W.Va. certification for proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

The James River Spinymussel crew of Craig County outside the first of two public hearings on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Contact: Gabby Brown, Sierra Club, gabby.brown@sierraclub.org Peter Anderson, Appalachian Voices, peter@appvoices.org, 434-293-6373 Richmond, VA — Environmental groups filed suit today challenging West Virginia’s certification for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would transport fracked gas across West Virginia and Virginia.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline is far from a done deal

Meathouse Fork in W.Va., below the Stonewall Gathering Pipeline construction zone. Photo by Michael Barrick; courtesy Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition.

In a classic “fake news” move, Dominion Resources execs held a tele-press conference yesterday where they basically said the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a done deal. But at least 25,000 people across W.Va., Va. and N.C. are demanding answers, such as: Is this pipeline even needed?

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Who Profits from the Pipelines?

profit_incentive

Expansion of the natural gas infrastructure through constructions such as the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines carry significant risks to the environment and communities near them. But they also carry significant financial benefits for the companies that build them, which may help explain the rush to build more and more pipelines.

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Resistance to Pipelines Across the East

As more and more pipeline projects are proposed to bring fracked gas out of the Appalachian Basin, residents are rising up to voice their opposition and fight to stop the pipelines from endangering their communities.

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In the Pipelines’ Paths: Environmental damages to special places

Peters Mountain

Both the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines threaten to damage historic and scenic sites along their paths through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Places such as Bent Mountain and Peters Mountain could be permanently scared, while parts of the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway could also be impacted.

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The Problems with Pipelines

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This map shows a sampling of the types of sites that would be affected by the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline. View the print centerspread here while we transfer it to a web-friendly version.

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Pipelines Spark Safety Concerns

The pivot toward gas is especially pronounced in the eastern U.S., with Duke at the forefront of a historic fuel switch.

While both the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and industry groups say pipelines are the safest way to transport products like natural gas, pipeline incidents are on the rise.

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Gathering Voices Against the Pipelines

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Add your voice to the call to block more fracked gas pipelines from criss-crossing our region!

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