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TN Legislators Miss Another Opportunity to Protect State’s Mountains

House Subcommittee Kills Mountaintop Removal Ban With Delay Tactic In yet another act of political cowardice on the issue of mountaintop removal coal mining, a Tennessee House subcommittee voted to kill the Scenic Vistas Protection Act and for the second

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Critical Vote Today in Tennessee Legislature

Mountaintop Removal Makes Us Sick, Takes Away Our Jobs, and Destroys Our Mountains. What Else is Left to Study? The Scenic Vistas Protection Act is closer to passage than ever before. TODAY (Mar. 27) at 12 p.m. CST, the Tennessee

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WOW! More than Two Dozen Republicans, Democrats, and Independents Cosponsor Scenic Vistas Act

New Cosponsors Swarming as Advocates Prepare for Critical Test Tuesday Tonight a host of House Republicans, Democrats, and the state’s sole elected Independent signed on as cosponsors of the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act, signaling an unprecedented shift in momentum

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Tennessee Senate Dodges Historic Vote on Mountaintop Removal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2012 Tennessee Senate Dodges Historic Vote on Mountaintop Removal Scenic Vistas Act Delayed, House Subcommittee Vote Up Next – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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ACTION: Tennessee Senate Votes TODAY on Mountaintop Removal Ban

The TN Senate will pick up debate on SB 0577 this evening at 6PM EST, and you can watch right here Today, the Tennessee State Senate is poised to be the first full legislative body in history to vote on

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Prominent Citizens Speak Up To Protect Tennessee Scenic Vistas

(Clockwise from top): Victor Ashe, Rev. Gradye Parsons, Anne Davis Prominent Tennessee citizens are lending their voices of support to the original language of the Scenic Vistas Protection Act, a bill currently in the state legislature that is aimed to

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Update on Mountain Advocacy in Tennessee Legislature

Dawn Coppock, Legislative Director of LEAF has a spot-on letter in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Reprinted below. Can an engineer make a mountain as well as God can? The coal industry says, “Yes”; Tennesseans loudly say, “No”; and the state

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What Happened in the Tennessee Legislature Today?

Mountaintop Removal Bill Goes to the Senate Floor We’re still alive! Appalachian Voices and other Tennessee coalition partners have moved the conversation on banning mountaintop removal to the floor of the Tennessee State Senate. The Senate Energy and Environment Committee

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Senate Committee Misses Historic Opportunity to Protect Tennessee Mountains

PRESS STATEMENT CONTACT: J.W. Randolph, Appalachian Voices, 202-669-3670, jw@appvoices.org The Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act, introduced by state Sen. Eric Stewart, was designed to stop surface coal mining that alters or disturbs a ridgeline over 2,000 feet of elevation, effectively

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Tennessee Coal Industry Should Read the Bill

Why does the coal industry need to make things up? Because they are on the wrong side of the facts, they are on the wrong side of public opinion, and they are on the wrong side of history. Fortunately, they

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