The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

August 28, 2019

Volunteers document water quality violations tied to bankrupt mine

Citizen scientists discovered that acid mine drainage is causing a creek in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest to flow a bright orange, and they spurred state regulators to issue citations to the mine operators. But mining company Revelation Energy is in bankruptcy, which leaves big questions about who will clean up the mess — and when.

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MVP Southgate pipeline unnecessary, report shows

An independent report commissioned by Appalachian Voices shows that pipeline developers have failed to provide convincing evidence of a need for MVP Southgate, a 73-mile addition to the fracked-gas Mountain Valley Pipeline slated to extend into central North Carolina. Instead, the pipeline companies provided flimsy assumptions that in some cases contradict trends like growth of gas use and future needs.

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Southwest Virginia takes powerful steps to advance solar energy

Big advancements in solar energy are taking place in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia. Eight coal communities recently received national recognition for advancing local solar energy markets, and Wise County was awarded a substantial grant to build an industrial-scale solar project on a former mine site.

[ Read about these exciting developments ]

Taking on TVA

Tired of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s frequent rate increases and lack of transparency and clean energy, communities across the region are pushing for change from the monopoly utility.

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Old Dominion rate proposal would harm Southwest Virginia communities

Old Dominion Power is seeking a massive rate increase, which would skyrocket the region’s electricity burden — adding an average of $29 per month to average residential bills — and also make it more difficult for Southwest Virginia businesses and residents to access solar power.

[ Read about this latest utility rate push ]
[ Learn about Energy Democracy and our work to bring it to the region ]

Vesta Jean Lenhart's personal mission to preserve the mountains

Ninety-year-old Vesta Jean Lenhart inherited her desire to preserve mountains from the destruction she saw as a child in Eastern Kentucky. “I think what is happening in the country right now is that we’ve kind of lost our way,” she says. “So I hope that I can do my part to preserve [the environment].”

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Summer of Sound continues!
Still looking for a reason to become a member of Appalachian Voices? Join us by August 31 to be entered to win tickets to either Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion or Carolina Ramble & Reunion!



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
Raleigh, N.C.: Aug. 28
Bowling Green, Ky.: Aug 29
Tazewell, Tenn.: Sept. 3
Crossville, Tenn.: Sept. 12
Get involved in the movement to end monopoly electric utilities with a coalition of environmental and community groups including Appalachian Voices.

Fungi Fest 2019
Aug. 31:
Celebrate the fungus among us with the Asheville Mushroom Club at Warren Wilson College. Swannanoa, N.C.

WV Butterflies and Pollinators Workshop
Aug. 31:
Learn about the Mountain State’s native butterflies and pollinators, and how to help keep them healthy. Morgantown, W.Va.

Black Lung Disease Summit
Sept. 6:
Learn how the region and federal government are responding to the black lung epidemic. Big Stone Gap, Va.

Pine Mountain Fair Day
Sept. 7:
Visit Pine Mountain Settlement School for local food, crafts and live bluegrass and gospel music. Bledsoe, Ky.

Wild & Scenic Red Riverfest
Sept. 7:
Spend a day on the river with music, vendors and food while benefiting Friends of the Red River. Powell County, Ky.

The Fight to Save Union Hill
Sept. 7:
You are invited to join community members and others fighting fracked-gas pipelines, compressors and other environmental injustices. Union Hill, Va.

Sassafrass Moon Herb Festival
Sept. 7:
Come visit the AppVoices table at this festival celebrating medicinal plants. Erwin, Tn.

15th annual Community Headwaters Festival
Sept. 14:
Enjoy cultural demonstrations, a potluck and more at Elk Knob State Park. Todd, N.C.

SturgeonFest 2019
Sept. 14:
View live releases of Tennessee’s largest freshwater fish at Seven Islands State Birding Park. Kodak, Tenn.

Elk Management Morning Tours
Sept. 19-Oct. 20:
Visit Chief Logan State Park to see the site where elk were reintroduced. Multiple dates available. Logan, W.Va.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Sept. 20-22:
This music festival features the best of roots music and its many modern branches. Come visit us at the Appalachian Voices table! Bristol, Tn./Va.

Circle of Protection: Bent Mountain
Sept. 22:
Gather with water protectors for a potluck, music and more while demonstrating against dangerous fracked-gas pipelines. Bent Mountain, Va.

Climate Emergency: Tri-State Pipeline Strike!
Sept. 23:
Join with residents and landowners across North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia to resist the proposed fracked-gas pipelines that threaten our region. Roanoke, Va.

The Carolina Ramble & Reunion
Sept 27-29:
Outdoor Americana and roots music festival at Brayshaw Farm near Boone. Vilas, N.C.

Hands Across the AT
Sept 28 & 29:
A special weekend to stand up for the Appalachian Trail and other cherished public lands against fracked-gas pipelines. Three events at different locales in Va.

Environmental Calendar of Events
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