January 21, 2023

Tell federal agencies to stop MVP!

Right now, both the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are accepting comments about their plans to grant approvals Mountain Valley Pipeline needs to continue construction. Add your comment to say no to this unnecessary, dangerous and damaging pipeline!

 
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Reminding an electric co-op board who it serves

Tanya Robinson’s guest blog is a pointed message to the Blue Ridge Energy co-op board: Serve your members!

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Opportunities for input on rural funding 

Billions of dollars are coming to rural communities for clean energy and energy efficiency. But to make these funds as useful as possible for our communities, USDA needs to hear from us.

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The Lilies Project: Turning Coal Ash into Art 

Artist Caroline Armijo found a way to uplift her community by creating art from the toxic waste that plagued her hometown of Walnut Cove, North Carolina.

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Congressional highlights from the end of 2022

Appalachian communities scored many victories last month in Congress. Take a look at what we won together and what we’re still pushing for.

TVA board should reverse Cumberland gas decision

The Tennessee Valley Authority CEO made a decision to proceed with a huge gas buildout. New board members must change course!

In Case You Missed It...

  • Coal mine cleanup settlement: We joined Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards and Sierra Club in reaching an agreement with A&G Coal to ensure the company reclaims three mines in Wise County, Va.
  • NC Carbon Plan falls short: The state utilities commission approved an irresponsible plan that allows Duke Energy to pursue more fracked gas.
  • New soot standards proposed: EPA’s proposal would improve air quality rules, but doesn’t go far enough
  • Listening sessions are offering residents of Southwest Virginia opportunities to shape the region’s future. 
 
 

CALENDAR

Mountainfilm on Tour Jan. 21, 5p.m. Documentary films highlight mountain culture around the world. Food, beverages and raffle prizes. $25. Catawba College Hedrick Theatre, Salisbury, N.C.

 

Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier
Jan. 21, 11a.m.-12p.m. and 3-4p.m. Screenings of the Smithsonian Channel documentary about America’s involvement in the Cold War told by Black astronauts and their families. Free. Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol, Va.

 

Stop MVP: Forest Service Comment Writing Party
Jan. 25, 7p.m. Write effective comments telling the Forest Service to reject the Mountain Valley Pipeline during our online event hosted alongside Wild Virginia and POWHR!

Day of Action for Affordable Energy
Jan. 26 8a.m.-12p.m.
Meet with your elected officials face-to-face during this event to communicate the importance of clean energy during the Virginia General Assembly legislative session! Richmond, Va. 

 

UNITY Listening Session
Jan. 26, 5:30p.m. Join fellow Southwest Virginians in discussing economic, social, and environmental needs in Lee County. 842 Park Street, Jonesville, Va. 

 

Renewal of Resistance
Jan. 31, 7p.m. An online evening with #StopMVP ARTivists to revive movement folks for another year of resisting the Mountain Valley Pipeline and MVP Southgate.

 

 

Stop MVP: Army Corps Virtual Comment Writing Party
Feb. 1, 6:30-7:30p.m.
This virtual event hosted by Chesapeake Climate Action Network will give you everything you need to write a powerful letter telling the Army Corps we don’t want the Mountain Valley Pipeline. 

 

Polar Plunge
Feb. 11 Appalachian Voices staff are fundraising again to Keep Winter Cold! This fundraiser is hosted by Chesapeake Climate Action Network and donations will support both organizations. Register to take the plunge with hundreds of climate activists. 

 

Learn to Grow Class
Feb. 21, 10a.m.-12p.m.
Vegetable gardening class with Haywood County Extension covering basic gardening skills in Waynesville, N.C. Email mgarticles@charter.net for more info.

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