The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

July 25, 2019

Take Action: Ask FERC to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline!

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

[ Send a message to FERC now ]

Coal miners visit DC to fight for black lung benefits

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.

[ Read their stories ]
[ Take action to help miners ]

Following the monopoly money in North Carolina

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.

[ Follow The Monopoly Money web tool ]
[ Monopoly Money: Part 2 report ]

Blackjewel bankruptcy bad news for workers and mine cleanup

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mines in Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia and Wyoming shut down immediately, worker paychecks were retroactively withdrawn from accounts, and the CEO was forced out within days.

[ Read more about the implications of Revelation's bankruptcy ]

Virginia coalition transcends polarization to take on the status quo

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.

[ Read Tom Cormons' co-authored op-ed in the Washington Post ]

Celebrating Southwest Virginia communities that are SolSmart

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.

[ Learn about Southwest Virginia's SolSmart communities ]

Paddle Appalachia: Celebrating our rivers and those who protect them

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!

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Summer of Sound continues!
There's no better time than this summer to become a member of Appalachian Voices! There are only a few days left to join and be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to either the Get Off the Grid Fest or Pilgrimage Fest!



Vote for your favorite Beer Label!
A team of Appalachian Voices and Wild Wolf Brewing Company staff has chosen the top three finalists, and now it’s up to you to decide the winner. Public voting begins Friday, Thursday 25. Vote for your favorite label design now!


Host a solar open house!
Got solar? We're participating in the National Solar Tour this October, and we're looking for homes, businesses and organizations that have solar installations willing to be part of the tour! Learn more and sign up by Sept. 6


Energy Democracy Tour
Knoxville, Tenn.: Aug 7
LaFollette, Tenn.: Aug 10
Chattanooga, Tenn.: Aug 13
Bowling Green, Ky.: Aug 29
Get involved in the movement to end monopoly electric utilities with a coalition of environmental and public interest groups including Appalachian Voices.

Guided Hike on Profile Trail
July 28:
Visit Grandfather Mountain State Park for a 2-mile, moderate guided hike. Banner Elk, N.C.

Public Meeting on West Virginia Fossil Plant
July 30:
Submit comments here or online about a proposed coal and gas liquids plant in Mason County. Charleston, W.Va.

Solar Co-op Info Session
Aug. 5:
Learn about the Charleston-Huntington solar cooperative and how you can go solar. Charleston, W.Va.

AV Norton Open House
Aug. 7:
Visit Appalachian Voices’ Norton, Va., office for casual food, drinks and conversation with our staff!

Get Off the Grid Fest
Aug. 9-11:
Enjoy three days of music and an alternative energy expo showcasing a sustainable lifestyle. Asheville, N.C.

Night Sky Festival
Aug. 9-11:
Enjoy Shenandoah National Park after dark with stargazing, ranger talks and more. Luray, Va.

Food Preservation Workshop
Aug. 13:
Visit the Pine Mountain Settlement School to learn how to can your fruits and veggies. Bledsoe, Ky.

10th Annual Watauga Lake Cleanup
Aug. 24:
Volunteer with your friends and neighbors to help keep the Watauga Lake beautiful. Hampton, Tenn.

Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival
Aug. 24:
Visit the Ijams Nature Center to learn about hummingbirds and see them up close. Knoxville, Tenn.

Well Water Testing Workshop
Aug. 26:
Pick up $20 well water test kits at this meeting and learn why testing is important. Bring your samples back on Aug. 28 for testing. Email Phil Meeks for more info. Wise County, Va.

Environmental Calendar of Events
[ Full calendar ]

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