The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

February 23, 2019

It's Time for Energy Justice in North Carolina!

Partner groups including Appalachian Voices recently launched the new Energy Justice North Carolina: End the Duke Monopoly coalition to address Duke Energy's toxic legacy, promote consumer rights and demand clean energy choice for the state.

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Rev. Barber and Al Gore Highlight Racism of Pipeline in Buckingham

Civil rights and climate activists Rev. William Barber and former Vice President Al Gore drew more than 1,000 people to a town hall meeting in Buckingham, Va., to highlight the environmental racism of the proposed fracked-gas compressor station in the African-American community of Union Hill.

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A Coal Baron’s Unmet Debts

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has made nearly $2 billion off Appalachia’s coalfields over the years, but his family’s mines owe millions of dollars in back taxes in multiple states. They have also accrued hundreds of environmental violations, and many idled mines are still unreclaimed.

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Five Years After Dan River: Coal Ash in NC

The 2014 Dan River spill sparked a flurry of coal ash cleanup legislation, public hearings, community meetings and more across North Carolina, the latest round ending just a few weeks ago. But where exactly does coal ash stand in the state?

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TVA to Shut Down Two Coal Plants

Increased public participation but continued gaps in transparency marked Tennessee Valley Authority's quarterly meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Valentine's Day. One major win included the vote to close two of the utility's coal plants, but the decision highlights a continued need to build a stronger and more varied job economy for those affected.

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Underground Mine Blowout in Virginia

Accumulated water burst out of an old underground mine in Hurley, Va., on Jan. 30, causing flash flooding and property damage in a nearby neighborhood and reviving concerns about continued violations by the coal companies responsible.

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These stories represent just some of the work Appalachian Voices is doing to bring people together to protect the land, air and water of our region and advance a just and clean energy economy. We are funded in large part through the support of individuals like you. Join us today to be part of this important work.



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Riverbank Restoration
Feb. 25 and dates throughout March: Join Mountain True and the French Broad and Watauga Riverkeepers to plant shrubs along Western North Carolina rivers. Various locations in N.C.

PTT Ethane Cracker Meeting
Feb. 26: Learn the facts about a proposed ethane cracker plant by the Ohio River and other nearby petrochemical projects. Moundsville, W.Va.

Public Meeting on Proposed Perry Coal Mine
Feb. 26: Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources will accept public input on a coal mine proposed for Perry State Forest. New Lexington, Ohio

Pipeline Report and Updates
Feb. 27: Learn the latest of the campaign against fracked-gas pipelines in Virginia. Blacksburg, Va.

Kentucky Solar Lobby Day
Feb. 28: Join solar advocacy groups at the State Capitol to tell them that our utilities need to make solar a priority! Frankfort, Ky.

Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition
March 1-22: Vote online for your favorite submission before March 22. Exhibit is open from March 1 to June 1. Boone, N.C.

NC Climate Justice Summit
Youth and adult community leaders discuss equitable solutions to the climate crisis. Browns Summit, N.C.Tell the NCDEQ that cap-in-place is not an option for impacted communities! Belmont, N.C.

Roan Mountain Weed Wrangle
March 2, 12 - 4 p.m.: Help rid Roan Mountain State Park of invasive plants and treat hemlocks to defend against pests. Roan Mountain, Tenn.

Film Screening & Discussion
March 3: “The Providers” follows three rural doctors in New Mexico who provide healthcare to all, followed by discussion led by Ron Carson of Carson Black Lung Clinics. Jonesborough, Tenn.

Women & Water in West Virginia
March 4-April 30: West Virginia University hosts this art exhibit reflecting on the relationship between women and water in the Mountain State. Morgantown, W.Va.

Hike to Raven Rocks
March 10: Join the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club on a 6.2-mile out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail. Reston, Va.

International Mountain Studies Symposium
March 12: Scholars from around the world come to Appalachian State University to discuss mountain studies. Boone, N.C.

Come to the Table Conference
March 12-13: Examine what causes food insecurity and discuss how to create a more just food system. Charlotte, N.C.

42nd Appalachian Studies Conference
March 14-17: The Appalachian Studies Association 2019 conference will view the larger Appalachian region through the lens of its cities and financial centers. Asheville, N.C.

EKU Environmental Health Science Symposium
March 28, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Visit Eastern Kentucky University for its 24th annual EHS symposium. Speakers will talk about healthy homes. Richmond, Ky.

Environmental Calendar of Events
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