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Updates from Appalachia


Energy democracy in Virginia: Utopia or a real possibility?

Energy democracy is taking shape in Virginia. Join our statewide workgroup and add your voice to the call for a clean, equitable energy system.

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In gratitude to Appalachian Voices’ outgoing and incoming board chairs

During this season of gratitude, we thank James “Kim” Gilliam for his six years of excellent leadership as Appalachian Voices Board Chair, and welcome new Board Chair Tracey Wright to her role. Read on to learn more about Tracey and Kim.

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Stake a claim in your electric co-op!

The 2020 election season is over. But wait, there’s more! Next year in Virginia, you have the opportunity to run for your local electric co-op board.

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Stopping a massive fracked-gas pipeline takes a village

Some organize community meetings, some drive for hours to testify at hearings, some pray, some rally, some give detailed research to government agencies, some file lawsuits — and some occupy tree-sits in protest. All stand against the unneeded, dangerous fracked-gas Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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Company’s bankruptcy makes it harder for residents to address problems with nearby mines

People living near a pair of Virginia mountaintop removal coal mines have long complained about blasting and dust. Now, the company’s bankruptcy makes it even harder for nearby residents to get relief.

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