July 25, 2019
Although impacts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline on local threatened and endangered species was documented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, work on the pipeline continues. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has the authority to stop construction and ensure these species are protected! Photo courtesy of Appalachians Against Pipelines
Around 150 coal miners with black lung disease or their widows and loved ones from across Appalachia traveled to Washington, D.C., to tell their stories to Congress and demand that legislators shore up the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund.
A new report and web tool launched by the Energy Justice NC coalition details the influence of nearly $1.7 million in Duke Energy campaign contributions over the past ten years on state legislators' support for bills that favored the utility. Look up how much each state senator and representative has received from Duke during that time; North Carolinians can take action by contacting their representatives.
In the past two months, three Central Appalachian coal companies — Cambrian Coal, Revelation Energy and its affiliate, Blackjewel, and Blackhawk Mining — have announced bankruptcy. The Revelation / Blackjewel bankruptcy has been particularly volatile. The companies' mines in Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia and Wyoming shut down immediately, worker paychecks were retroactively withdrawn from accounts, and the CEO was forced out within days.
Virginia’s utilities use their power to quash competition and stifle innovation and energy choice. A surprising coalition has joined together to help Virginia’s leaders find the courage to change the system for the better.
Appalachian Voices joined with the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia on Thursday morning to celebrate eight local communities awarded a federal SolSmart designation for their innovative approach to growing solar in a region long affected by coal mining.
Explore some of the region's diverse kayaking and canoeing treasures, learn about women whitewater kayakers making a difference in their communities, and read about a grassroots effort to save the Nolichucky River. Paddle some of our rivers before summer's over!