December 18, 2021

Wins and losses in the MVP fight

The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board denied a permit for the Lambert Compressor Station but then the state Water Control Board approved a key stream-crossing permit. The fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline will continue!


Online tool helps track voided Blackjewel permits

The fate of thousands of acres of mines requiring tens of millions of dollars of reclamation was thrown into doubt when Blackjewel, Revelation Energy and affiliated mining operations filed for bankruptcy in July 2019. 


Helping our neighbors in Kentucky

In the wake of the tragic tornados that devastated communities in western Kentucky last week, our friends at Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are curating a growing list of ways to help.


Urge the Senate to pass critical funding for Appalachia

The Build Back Better Act, currently stalled in the Senate, contains critical measures to tackle climate change, bring affordable solar online, and support families and places in the midst of a big economic transition.


Another Jim Justice mine in trouble

The Straight Fork mine in Wise County, Virginia, is facing fines and possible permit revocation for ongoing violations.


The Ups and Downs of the 2021 N.C. Legislative Session

A look back at the long and contentious North Carolina legislative session of 2021.


From the Archives: Snowshoeing Canaan Valley

As we wrote back in 2014, this scenic wonderland offers a timeless winter experience.

In Case You Missed It...

  • Supporting Miners: The Black Lung Association asks Sen. Capito to support 10-year extension of black lung excise tax
  • Acid Mine Drainage: A conversation with DJ Coker about building community awareness
  • Press Pause Coalition: Group forms to protect Virginia from gold, copper, zinc and lead mining
  • We're Hiring! Help us bring democratic decision making and clean energy adoption to electric utilities and co-ops in North Carolina and Tennessee

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13th Anniversary Kingston Coal Ash Spill Vigil

December 22, 3 p.m., Market Square, Knoxville: Join coal ash workers for a vigil to memorialize the workers who have lost their lives or their health since the 2008 ash spill.


Holiday Hike (Yuletide in the Pines)

December 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Rocky Fork State Park, Tennessee: Seasonal Interpreter Ethan will guide a hike up to the new overlook on the White Oak Flats trail.

Utility Disconnections: Info and Letter-Writing Party

January 4, 6-7 p.m.: Join us to write to local papers about why unfair disconnection rules that hurt vulnerable and low-income Virginians are in critical need of reform!


Webinar: Our 2022 Virginia Legislative Agenda

January 11, 6-7 p.m.: Learn about the issues we are working on during the 2022 Virginia General Assembly — including solar energy, environmental justice, fracked-gas and more — and find out how you can get involved!

Monarchs: Endangered but not Protected

January 11, 7 p.m.: What can we do to help slow and reverse the Monarch Migration decline? Karl Green and Chris Burnside will discuss current research in this virtual program.


2022 Virginians for Fair Energy Lobby Day

January 20, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Richmond: Join the lobby day to tell your story and communicate the importance of common-sense energy reforms to your elected officials.


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