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Join App Voices at the Appalachian Studies Conference

This year, the App Studies Conference will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, from March 7 to March 9. Along with a wide array of grassroots partners, Appalachian Voices will be there to learn, teach and have a good time!

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Communities continue to seek safety measures for Mountain Valley Pipeline

A large, partially buried, green pipe lays half submerged in water in a trench. Other pipe is visible off to the sides of the trench.

Along the route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, citizen monitors have watched a frenzy of workers hurriedly lower sun-bleached and degraded pipe into trenches, burying as much material as possible. Although safety concerns led the agency tasked with pipe safety, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to issue a consent agreement, the agreement has not brought peace of mind.

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FERC extends MVP Southgate certificate for an additional three years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 19, 2023 CONTACTS Morgan Caplan, Sierra Club, morgan.caplan@sierraclub.org Ridge Graham, Appalachian Voices, ridge@appvoices.org, (828) 994-7444 Washington, D.C. – Despite overwhelming public opposition, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a three-year extension of Mountain Valley Pipeline’s

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‘Invaded, Disregarded and Dismissed’

Four women of various ages are standing on a slope in a forested area. Trees are bare except for evergreens and the ground is littered with fall foliage in browns and dull reds. The women are wearing cool weather clothes and one looks like she is speaking toward the camera while leaning one arm against a tree trunk.

Bent Mountain neighbors monitor Mountain Valley Pipeline construction amid rising concerns over degraded pipes and a rushed completion deadline.

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Override of HB 600 makes it easier for Mountain Valley Pipeline to spoil North Carolina rivers and streams

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Yesterday, the North Carolina General Assembly voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of HB 600, the Regulatory Reform Act of 2023. A section of this bill provides special loopholes for energy transmission projects, like pipelines, that are built in the state, giving them a much faster and more lenient Clean Water Act review by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

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‘Environment At Risk’ Art Exhibit Connects Art, Activism and the Natural World

A man leans over to place a hand on a fallen tree trunk.

The “Environment At Risk” art show at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Virginia, features 40 artists whose work confront environmental issues in deeply intimate and poetic ways through paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and fiber art.

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Statement on safety agency PHMSA release of consent order for perilous Mountain Valley Pipeline

On October 3, 2023, the Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Materials Administration reached a consent agreement with the developers of the long-beleaguered Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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Greenbrier River Watchdogs Alarmed as Mountain Valley Pipeline Drills

Heavy equipment and vehicles are seen in a fenced off area of disturbed land next to a river.

Local residents and water protectors are concerned about pollution and safety risks as boring for the Mountain Valley Pipeline begins beneath West Virginia’s Greenbrier River.

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What the government spending fight means for Appalachia

An aerial photo shows a business called Breeding's Plumbing & Electric. A brick sign and three flags stand on the opposite side of the parking lot.

Leaders in the Senate and the House need to come together to negotiate a final deal in order to keep the government funded. Appalachian Voices will keep fighting to fund these crucial programs and agencies to help protect coal mining communities and transition to clean energy.

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Federal agency announces a proposed safety order for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Now as MVP construction is resuming, communities along the pipeline’s route are alarmed at the danger of using the deteriorated components, fearing that the risk for cracks, weld failures, leaks and explosions has increased.

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