The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


Autumn Watauga River Cleanup

More than 3,749 pounds of trash was pulled from less than 15 miles of the Watauga River during a recent Saturday cleanup

Dear members,

In 1969, a fire on Ohio's heavily polluted Cuyahoga River shocked the American public into taking action. Out of that movement, several federal laws were established to safeguard U.S. waterways from industrial pollution—including the Clean Water Act of 1977.

Now a mere thirty years later, members of Congress are attempting to undermine the very foundation of the Clean Water Act while simultaneously preventing the EPA from establishing new safety guidelines — including limits on mercury pollution — designed to protect the American people from special interests who pollute our water, and our health, simply for profit.

One of our primary goals is to protect the water we all share, from our newly launched Red, White and Water Campaign (read more below) to a community river cleanup in our local Watauga River -- an event that netted more than 3,740 pounds of trash from less than 15 miles of river. With your help, we can protect America's greatest natural resource--our water. 

It took a movement to create the Clean Water Act, and now we need a movement to save it. Thank you for your support.

For the mountains,


P.S. - Consider becoming an Appalachian Voices Mountain Protector

A New Movement to Save the Clean Water Act

Red, White and WaterThe coal industry would like to turn back the clock to the days BEFORE the Clean Water Act. Unfortunately, some members of Congress are willing to help them do just that. The latest attack on our right to clean water is the TRAIN Act, a bill that allows coal plants to keep pumping out mercury into our lakes and streams. [ Join the movement to save America's clean water--sign the Red, White and Water pledge today. ]

Would a Good Neighbor Poison You?

A methane-fueled fire burned for more than two months in the backyard well of a Pike County, Ky., family.

A more permanent solution is on the horizon for families in Kentucky dealing with contaminated well water. Excel mining company, trying to be "good neighbors," have offered to pay part of the costs to extend municipal water lines to the same families we helped deliver bottled water to last month.
[ Read the latest on the efforts to supply Pike County, KY, with uncontaminated water ]

Revoke Massey's Charter!Campaign to Revoke Massey Energy's Corporate Charter
Heats Up

Our team recently traveled to Delaware to make our case to the public and deliver over 35,000 petitions to the state Attorney General who has the power to revoke coal-giant Massey Energy's ability to conduct more bad business in Appalachia. Bobby Kennedy, Jr. also recently joined the campaign, as well as family members who have been impacted by Massey's gross disregard for workers and mountains.
[ Read more about trip and if you haven't yet, sign the petition. ]

AV Lawsuit Triggers Kentucky Cabinet To Issue Record Fine Against Big Coal

In the largest settlement to date, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet reached an agreeement with Nally & Hamilton coal company for $507,000 to cover 12,000 violations to the Clean Water Act—far below the $400 million worth of violations originally indentified by Appalachian Voices. The amount surpassed our previous record-setting fines in a case against two other coal companies, ICG and Frasure Creek. The Cabinet--which failed to identify many of the violations on their own--was recently granted a motion to delay further legal proceedings, allowing the state to continue to cut deals with Big Coal in secrecy.
[ Read the latest update on the lawsuit, which started in March of this year ]



Mountain Protector
For as little as $10 per month you can help move the Southeast away from coal and make way for clean, renewable alternatives. Visit our Membership Page to make a monthly donation and invest in a clean energy future!


Green Tree Experts, Inc
Because Trees Need Love Too
From pruning to preservation to storm damage cleanup, the knowledgeabe Green Tree Experts have been serving the Orange, Durham, and Chatham County, N.C. area since 1982. Visit them online to learn what they can do for you!

Not in N.C.? You can still check out their site for tree care tips.



Virginia Power Shift
Sept 30 - Oct 2: Be a part of the movement to unite Virginia in a clean energy coalition. Blacksburg, VA
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Woodlands Homesteading Festival
Oct 1 - 2: Workshops and lectures on regional ethnobotany, homesteading skills, fermentation, bio-diesel, and more. Circleville, WV
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Operation Medicine Cabinet
Oct 7 - 8: Drop off your outdated or unused prescription or over-the-counter medications for safe disposal. No questions asked. Watauga County, NC
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Rooted in the Mountains Symposium
Oct 20 - 21: Attend the event to learn more and the health and environmental consequences of mountaintop removal. Cullowhee, NC
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The Last Mountain
ONGOING: Don't miss your chance to see this documentary film that examines Coal River Valley's fight to save their community from Big Coal. Upcoming shows in NC and VA
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Environmental Calendar of EventsCheck out our full calendar of environmental goings-on!

September 24, 2011 ~ Vol. 3, No. 9

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