The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


APPALACHIA POLL: 57% of Appalachian voters oppose mountaintop removal, and 78% support an increase in Clean Water Act protections

CNN POLL: 57% of Americans oppose mountaintop removal coal mining

Dear members,

A recent poll by news giant CNN indicates that 57% of West Virginians—including former coal miners—oppose the devastating form of coal mining known as mountaintop removal. And a groundbreaking new poll conducted by two bipartisan firms shows overwhelming support for ending mountaintop removal within the Appalachian states of KY, TN, VA, and WV.

Yet three of the most well-known mountains in the battle against mountaintop removal coal mining are in jeopardy. West Virginia's Blair and Coal River mountains, iconic representations of the immeasurable spirit of Appalachia and its people, are both under threat of new and renewed mining permits. In Virginia, the state has given approval to mine Ison Rock Ridge, one of the last untouched ridges near the town of Appalachia.

And families in Kentucky continue to unfairly pay the price for coal pollution. Methane gas leaking from nearby mining poisoned their drinking water and while Appalachian Voices has worked to help bring in a tractor-trailer truckload of bottled water for the families to drink, this is just a temporary solution to a much larger problem.

It is imperative, now more than ever, that we push harder to win this war against our mountains and mountain families.

United we can be a mighty force.


Sam BushMusic for the Mountaintop Festival Pledges to Help Us Save Mountains

Sam Bush loves mountains and is coming to the 4th annual Music on the Mountaintop Festival with 24 other musicians August 26 & 27 to prove it! The lineup will also include Railroad Earth, Acoustic Syndicate, and 7 Walkers (featuring Bill Kreutzmann, former drummer for the Grateful Dead). A portion of the proceeds from this ecologically-driven fest will be donated to Appalachian Voices—be sure to stop by our booth to learn about the exciting new work we are doing in NC and throughout Appalachia!
[ Join us August 26-27 - book your tickets now! ].

Delivering water to affected residents in KentuckyProtecting Appalachia's Waterways—One Source At A Time

The citizen monitoring component of our Appalachian Water Watch program has officially launched—and not a moment too soon. Earlier this month we learned that 13 families in Kentucky were dealing with methane poisoning in their drinking water because of nearby coal mining operations—one of the wells has been on fire for more than two months!
[ Learn about our Citizen Monitoring campaign and read about our efforts to help the Kentucky families ]

Flooding the EPA With Calls to Save Ison Rock

More than 70 people participated in our call-in day to protect Ison Rock Ridge from mountaintop removal coal mining. Organized by our Virginia office in conjunction with our Wise Energy for Virginia partners, the callers filled up the EPA's voice mail by 1:30 p.m., reminding the agency that they were the last barrier between Ison Rock and the destructive mining practice. The base of the mountain, which is in Wise County, Va., is surrounded by 1,800 residents in several communities.
[ Stay up-to-date on our other Virginia work ]

In Other Mountaintop Removal News...

- EPA's guidance on mountaintop removal will not stop the deadly practice
- Health study links mountaintop removal to 60,000 cases of cancer
- Mingo County, WV slurry lawsuit reaches settlement



Mountain Protector
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Roaring Fork by Carl GaliePointing A Lens At Appalachia
Carl Galie's newest work documenting the vanishing beauty of coal country will be on exhibit in Winston-Salem, NC from August 21 - October 21. Join us for a reception on September 16, or peruse his work online--10% of online print sales will come to Appalachian Voices!


The Appalachian Voice 
Aug./Sept. Issue Now Online

Featuring a look at the latest trends of Living off the Land—from backyard chicken coops to living completely off the grid.
Read the new issue of The Appalachian Voice ]



My Morning Jacket
Aug 21: Alt-rock band from KY will donate $1 to Appalachian Voices for every ticket sold! Charlotte, NC
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Music on the Mountaintop
Aug 26-27: Sam Bush, Acoustic Syndicate and more! A portion of the proceeds goes to Appalachian Voices. Foscoe, NC
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Carl Galie Artist Reception
Sep 16 (6-8pm): Environmental photography exhibit "Lost on the Road to Oblivion, the Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country." Winston-Salem, NC
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The Last Mountain
ONGOING: Don't miss your chance to see a showing of this documentary film that examines Coal River Valley's fight to save their community from Big Coal.
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Environmental Calendar of EventsCheck out our full calendar of environmental goings-on!

August 20, 2011 ~ Vol. 3, No. 8

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