The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

The Chief Lives On

Our extended Appalachian Voices family, and friends all across the country, were deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of our colleague Lenny Kohm, who inspired thousands of regular citizens across the country to stand up for our natural heritage. As we gather this weekend to honor this legend among activists, we also continue to honor his spirit and legacy by embracing our power to change big things through the kind of passion, thoughtfulness, humility and dedication he exemplified.

Read a tribute from Executive Director Tom Cormons and learn more about the memorial

Using Our Voice Online

We are delighted to unveil the new online edition of The Appalachian Voice, with improved navigation and design, but all the same great content as our print edition, including the Energy Report, Hiking the Highlands and Naturalist's Notebook. Extras include more pictures and a full archive of past issues, all at the click of a mouse.

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Energy Efficiency in Western N.C.

Do you live in a drafty, energy-sucking house in North Carolina's High Country? You may be eligible to win between $1,000 and $3,000 in home improvements that will save you money on your electric bills, make your home healthier and more comfortable, and help protect the environment. The contest is part of Appalachian Voices' broader Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. campaign.

Enter to win!

A Family's Troubled Water

Ginger and Mark Halbert were working to make their dream of running a small home business a reality when mountaintop removal coal mining began near their eastern Kentucky home. The ensuing property damage and decline in water quality caused them to put their vision on hold. Now their water is contaminated by heavy metals and beryllium — a carcinogen — and the family is seeking justice.

Read the story

Lab Tech Falsified Water Pollution Reports for Coal Companies

A technician working at a state-certified lab in West Virginia recently pled guilty to federal criminal charges of conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act when he repeatedly falsified water quality reports from coal companies between 2008 and mid-2013. In subsequent news stories, Appalachian Voices highlighted that a history of misreporting by coal companies in Kentucky raises concerns that these unlawful activities are widespread.

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NC Citizens Demand Ban on Fracking

Almost 60,000 North Carolinians have signed a petition calling on Gov. Pat McCrory and other elected officials to reinstate the ban on hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling for natural gas in the state. Appalachian Voices and others went to Raleigh and hand-delivered the petitions, but no word yet… read the full story



Over 500 mountains destroyed. More than 2,000 miles of streams buried. And countless private wells poisoned and homes covered with toxic dust.

Mountaintop removal coal mining IS still happening in Appalachia, and we need your help to stop it.

Donate today.


Revamp your hot water heater! An insulating blanket wrapped around an older heater, and foam coverings taped over the pipes will help you save energy and stay warm this fall. Read more home energy tips!


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Wild & Scenic Film Festival Hosted by Appalachian Voices
Oct. 30: Featuring 12 films of environmental significance plus raffle prizes, giveaways and App Voices membership specials. Bijou Theater, Knoxville, Tenn.
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Rally to Stop Va. Pipeline
Nov. 1: Virginians gather to oppose Dominion Power's proposed natural gas pipeline. Constitution Park, Waynesboro, 2:30 p.m.
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Nov. 7-9: 10th annual eco-friendly music festival featuring outdoor skill workshops, arts and crafts, hemlock presentations, camping and more. Dahlonega, Ga.
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Within the Lines: Creative Perspectives on Wilderness
Nov. 7: Local writers celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act. HandMade in America, 125 S. Lexington Ave, Asheville, N.C.
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Save Our Southern Forests
Nov. 13: National online day of action to declare that our forests are not Europe's fuel. Join us in sending a loud message!
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N.C. Climate Justice Summit
Nov. 21-23: Learn more about climate change impacts and connect with concerned citizens. Sliding scale includes lodging and meals.
Haw River State Park, N.C.

Environmental Calendar of EventsMore calendar events...

October 22, 2014 ~ Vol. 6, No. 10


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