A native Virginian and lover of mountains, forests, and people, Lara is enthusiastic about all good works to defend the Appalachian mountains and communities. As Appalachian Voices' Virginia Field Organizer, she believes the best kind of political change comes from the bottom up.
Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments
Communities and organizations fighting the proposed fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline celebrated a monumental win for environmental justice this week. [ Read More
Thursday, January 24th, 2019 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments
Pipeline resisters were distraught - but, alas, not surprised - when Va. regulators OK'd a huge fracked-gas compressor station in historic Union Hill. But all vowed to continue the fight for environmental justice. [ Read More
Thursday, October 18th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments
Hundreds of Virginians voiced their concerns this summer about a massive fracked gas compressor station proposed in the heart of Virginia as part of the risky Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Some of them have everything at stake -- their health, home and heritage as part of the historic African-American community of Union Hill. [ Read More
Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | 2 Comments
The recent Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg, Va., brought together citizens from Central Appalachia whose water is imperiled by coal mining, fracked gas pipelines and other industrial threats to strategize, learn skills and build affinity. [ Read More
Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments
We’ve resisted the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines for more than three years. Now Virginia lawmakers need to hear our voices to ensure that legislation to better protect landowners and water resources from fracked-gas pipelines becomes law.
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Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 | Posted by Lara Mack | 1 Comment
This week and next, the Virginia State Water Control Board will decide whether to allow pipeline companies to build the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Show up to add your comment and show opposition to these senseless projects! [ Read More
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Lara Mack | 1 Comment
The public has taken every opportunity to tell FERC to reject the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. There’s still time to add your voice to the choir of people across the country urging FERC to reject the unnecessary and unwanted project.
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Thursday, October 13th, 2016 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments
A proposed compressor station along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route would pose public health risks and increase noise pollution in a rural, historically black community. Citizens are fervently urging local officials to reject the project, which would severely impact the viability of the pipeline overall. [ Read More
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments
Lara Mack, our Virginia Field Organizer, helped organize last Saturday's "March on the Mansion" in Richmond to call for clean energy solutions over fracked-gas pipelines, toxic coal ash and climate impacts. She reflects on the legacy, captured in the timeless song, "If I had a hammer," on the power of citizens coming together to fight for social justice. [ Read More