Molly Moore

Molly is passionate about sharing the environmental and cultural stories of our region. She has worked with Appalachian Voices since 2011 and currently serves as AV's Director of Program Communications and Editor of The Appalachian Voice publication.

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Bankruptcies Shake Coal Industry

Murray Energy filed for bankruptcy in October, the latest of eight coal bankruptcies in 2019. Legal disputes regarding the summer Blackjewel bankruptcy continue.

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Bills Support Miners’ Pensions, Black Lung Benefits

A Senate bill would help fund miners’ pensions, including those affected by recent bankruptcies. In the House, a bill would re-instate a historic tax on coal companies to fund healthcare for miners with black lung disease.

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Coal Company Seeks Mine Permit in Tennessee Wildlife Area

Federal regulators have reopened the permit process for a proposed 422-acre mine in Campbell County, Tenn., which was met with objections from environmental groups.

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Member Spotlight: Waltr Lane

A profile on Waltr Lane, a distributor of The Appalachian Voice who refers to himself as a “greenneck poet.”

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Environmental Groups Sue Four Coal and Chemical Facilities

Environmental groups have sued three coal facilities and one chemical plant for the alleged illegal pollution of adjacent waterways.

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Summiting Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain

On this classic Western North Carolina hike, hikers can see a fantastic view of the cliffside profile for which Grandfather Mountain is named.

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Miners Take Black Lung Demands to D.C.

Approximately 150 Appalachian coal miners, widows and their loved ones visited Capitol Hill in July to demand that Congress reinstate a tax rate on coal companies for black lung healthcare and benefits.

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Congressional Support for RECLAIM Act Grows

U.S. House of Representatives co-sponsors for the RECLAIM Act grew after a coalition of coal mine reclamation advocates traveled to the nation’s capital to express their support for the bill that would accelerate the spending of money in the in the federal abandoned mine cleanup fund.

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Competitive Electric Cooperative Election in Virginia

Three reform candidates are challenging incumbent Rappahannock Electric Cooperative board members and are pledging to revise co-op policies around transparency and renewable energy if elected in August.

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Fire Destroys Office at Highlander Center, White Supremacy Sign Found

The main office of the historic Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tenn., burned down in March. A symbol associated with white supremacy was found spray painted outside the racial, social and economic justice organizing center.

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