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Virginia Water Board to decide on fracked-gas pipelines


This week and next, the Virginia State Water Control Board will decide whether to allow pipeline companies to build the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Show up to add your comment and show opposition to these senseless projects!


A Burning Issue: The Health Costs of Coal Ash

David Hairston

Coal ash has been linked to a number of health problems, and community concerns have spurred researchers from the University of North Carolina to investigate drinking water wells in the state.


Canaan Valley Institute Rebuilds Destroyed Waterways

Restored section of stream

Restoring streams damaged by coal mining is hard work, but in West Virginia, the nonprofit Canaan Valley Institute is making progress rebuilding watersheds.


Water Quality Permits and the Pipelines

On May 24, Virginia’s state environmental regulatory agency conceded that information it had provided about how it would evaluate the potential water quality impact of two natural gas pipelines was inaccurate.


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

Contact: Gabby Brown, Sierra Club, Peter Anderson, Appalachian Voices,, 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.


Navigating the Russell Fork

The Russell Fork River was recently added to American River’s 2016 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers because of threats from mountaintop coal removal mining.


New Federal Water Quality Guidance on Selenium

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced new criteria for monitoring selenium, a potentially harmful pollutant, in water.


Tennessee Passes New Lead Notification Bill and other shorts

Tennessee passes a new lead notification program, study shows improved soil health in North and South Carolina, and more environmental news from around the region.


Computer Models Could Fight Toxins in the New River

Researchers at Virginia Tech are using computer-generated models to locate the source of PCB contamination in the New River.


Catholic Letter Addresses Environment, Economy

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia’s third pastoral letter highlights the voices of ordinary citizens and focuses on social justice and environmental issues including mountaintop removal coal mining, water quality, climate change, poverty and health.