Appalachian Voices Webinar Series

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Natural Gas in Appalachia
Community, Health and Environmental Impacts

Wednesday, July 1 at 2 p.m. EST

Diane Pitcock

Diane Pitcock


Ernie Reed

Ernie Reed


Mara Robbins

Mara Robbins


Sarah Kellogg

Sarah Kellogg

Due in part to the advancement of a controversial drilling technique known as fracking, this past decade has witnessed the staggering growth of natural gas production. The accompanying infrastructure, such as well pad extraction sites and thousands of miles of pipelines, has torn across the landscape — and even through communities — without regard for the concerns of local landowners and residents, and without effective legal safeguards. At the same time, these large-scale investments in natural gas infrastructure increasingly entrench the fuel in our energy future despite the urgent need for sustainable energy development.

Join our webinar, featuring a panel of experts and active organizers, and find out more on how these these concerns affect our communities. You’ll also hear about how citizens are working on the ground to build a movement in opposition, from the site of extraction to the route of transportation

Panelist Speakers:

  • Sarah Kellogg works as Appalachian Voices’ North Carolina field organizer
  • Diane Pitcock is the founder of the grassroots landowner network West Virginia Host Farms Program
  • Ernie Reed is president of Wild Virginia, a board member of Friends of Nelson County, and a member of the Allegheny Blue-Ridge Alliance steering committee
  • Mara Robbins is the co-founder of Preserve Floyd and the Virginia Coordinator for the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League