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New Entrance Fee for WV State Parks and Forests and Other Shorts

New fees will affect West Virginian state parks and forests, wildlife officials are asking for help documenting the Timber Rattlesnake and the Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project will host a summer institute in July.

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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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Coal slurry spill in West Virginia linked to Alpha Natural Resources affiliate

A coal slurry spill on March 23, 2017, leaked approximately 5,400 gallons of coal slurry into Crooked Run, a tributary of the Coal River. The processing plant in Boone County, W.Va., where the spill originated is affiliated with Alpha Natural Resources.

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White House budget leaves Appalachia in the dust

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The White House released its budget blueprint last week, and the proposal is nothing short of a disaster for Appalachia and rural communities across the country. Here’s a look at a few agencies and programs the White House wants to completely eliminate if it had its way.

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FERC’s pipeline review process is broken

As new research refutes industry's pro-pipeline arguments, former FERC chairman Norman Bay is calling for greater scrutiny of proposed natural gas infrastructure projects.

It’s no secret: oil and gas pipelines have captured the nation’s attention, not to mention the new administration’s. But new research is refuting the industry’s pro-pipeline arguments and even a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is calling for greater scrutiny of proposed natural gas infrastructure projects.

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Using Art to Combat Environmental Destruction

Inside Looking Out: Power Line (Betsy Jaeger)

An exhibit of mixed-media art by West Virginia resident Betsy Jaeger shares the drastic changes in her community due to mining and fracking operations.

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Devastating Forest Fires Ignite Southeast

Numerous forest fires burned across the Southeast throughout the autumn. Nearly 120,000 acres of forest burned, and the city of Gatlinburg, Tenn., was badly damaged, with 14 lives lost.

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America’s miners deserve better than this; time to do your part

In the wake of Patriot Coal's broken promises to union miners and retirees, The United Mine Workers of America have represented their members' sense of injustice in cities and courtrooms across the region. Photo by Ann Smith, special to the UMW Journal

America owes a debt to the nation’s coal miners. The Miners Protection Act would begin to pay that debt, but the opportunity for Congress to pass the bill is quickly slipping away.

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Monumental Momentum

Birthplace of Rivers National Monument advocates Matt Kearns and Adam Swisher journeyed the entire 173 miles of the Elk River by canoe, bike and foot to generate interest among other paddlers for the proposed national monument. Photo by Chad Carpenter / West Virginia Rivers Coalition

The proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument would provide additional protection for approximately 122,000 acres within the Monongahela National Forest and aims to boost tourism in the area.

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Volunteers Still Needed for Flood Recovery in West Virginia

Months after the June floods, West Virginia communities are still need of volunteers to help clean up and rebuild damaged areas.

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