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Updates from Appalachia

Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction Bird's Eye View

Mountain Valley Pipeline ordered to halt construction at stream crossings

Construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is now halted at nearly all stream crossings in West Virginia and Virginia, following a court ruling and an announcement from the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Amy Cook heat pump

High Country energy contest winner receives home upgrades

Amy Cook of Boone, N.C., recently received energy-saving home improvements through our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest. The contest highlighted the need for affordable weatherization programs.

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Grassroots campaign draws historic crowd to East Tennessee electric co-op’s annual meeting

On Sept. 15, more than 1,200 members of Powell Valley Electric Cooperative gathered for the co-op’s annual meeting as the group PVEC Member Voices led a grassroots campaign promoting transparency, member involvement and environmental stewardship.

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A hurricane’s aftermath

Floodwaters continue to spread toxic contamination from hog farms and coal ash impoundments, and have raised concerns about the social disparity of the residents impacted by the disaster.

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North Carolina needs maximum protections from Duke Energy’s coal ash pollution

NC DEQ is asking for input from residents and experts on a new set of rules to govern the way coal ash is handled in the state.

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