A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

West Virginia Wants Your Help to Track Turtles and Fireflies

eastern box turtle

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking citizen scientists to report sightings of firefly and woodland box turtles to aid research efforts.

Insects Carry Traces of Mountaintop Removal Mining

Years after mining ends, selenium pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining operations still accumulates in insects downstream.

Seen a Hellbender? Tell the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Hellbender head looking at the camera

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking people to report sightings of the large aquatic salamanders to aid in conservation efforts.

State Governments Pass Bills to Increase Penalties for Pipeline Protests

Since March, three states have passed bills that increase punishments against people who protest oil and gas development and designate oil and gas facilities as critical infrastructure.

Virginia Commits to Environmental Justice Council

Gov. Ralph Northam permanently established the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice in March.

Kentucky Awards $4.7 Million in Environmental Grants

In June, Kentucky announced about $4.7 million in grants to fund 78 recycling, composting and household hazardous waste projects.

Trump Administration Loosens Clean Air Regulations

In recent months, federal regulators have weakened two national air pollution standards and opted not to upgrade a third.

Workers Demand Compensation after Kingston Coal Ash Exposure

Sick and dying workers who helped clean up the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill rejected a settlement in April, and are now looking to sue for damages.

West Virginia Reintroduces Northern Bobwhite Quail to State

northern bobwhite quail

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources started a five-year restoration of the game species in March.

Projected Layoffs for Murray Energy Workers

Bankrupt coal company Murray Energy has filed several notices warning of impending mass layoffs.