A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

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

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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.

Energy Burden in a Pandemic

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Many families in Appalachia already struggled with high energy bills — and COVID-19 is making it even worse.

Monacan Nation Opposes Water Utility Development at Historic Site

Update: July 20, 2020 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extended the comment period for the water infrastructure permit at the historic Rassawek site until June 7, 2020. More than 12,000 comments were filed against the James River Water Authority’s

Clean Energy That Leaves No One Behind

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Listen in on a conversation about the importance of equity in clean energy with Appalachian Voices’ Deputy Executive Director Kate Boyle.