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Energy cost hike would burden N.C. families

The Covid and economic crisis has laid bare the monthly struggle too many Americans have faced for a long time — whether to pay their electric bill or buy other essentials like food, medicine or school supplies and risk having their power shut off.

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More Than 1 Million North Carolinians Face Utility Shutoffs

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The last of North Carolina’s moratoriums on utility shutoffs expired in August. While Gov. Roy Cooper allocated $175 million in rent and utility bill assistance, consumer advocates say that it won’t be nearly enough.

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Duke Energy’s sham plan for net-zero carbon

Duke Energy’s failure to move quickly to clean energy would worsen global warming, put the public’s health at risk, and hurt North Carolina families and businesses.

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One million N.C. households at risk of losing electricity and water during pandemic

CONTACT: Rory McIlmoil, Sr. Energy Analyst, Appalachian Voices, rory@appvoices.org, (423) 433-9415 Al Ripley, Director, Consumer, Housing and Energy Project, NC Justice Center, al@ncjustice.org, (919) 274-8245 William Barber, III, Environmental Justice Committee Co-Chair, NC Poor People’s Campaign, william.barber.iii@gmail.com, (202) 567-6800 Maria

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NC pipeline permit for MVP Southgate denied!

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality denied a water quality permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension on the grounds that the MVP mainline is not yet completed.

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NC regulators deny environmental permit for fracked-gas Southgate pipeline

CONTACT: Ridge Graham, Appalachian Voices, (828) 994-7444, ridge@appvoices.org Perrin de Jong, Center for Biological Diversity, (828) 252-4646, perrin@biologicaldiversity.org Emily Sutton, Haw RiverKeeper, (573) 979-1038, emily@hawriver.org Today, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality denied the permit application for Southgate extension

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Legal action challenges Duke Energy’s buildout of unapproved gas-fired power units

Duke Energy's W.S. Lee Natural Gas Power Plant

CONTACT: Jim Warren, NC WARN, 919-416-5077, jim@ncwarn.org Jean Su, Center for Biological Diversity, 415-770-3187, jsu@biologicaldiversity.org Matt Wasson, Appalachian Voices, 828-252-1500, matt@appvoices.org Durham, N.C.— Climate-justice groups filed a legal petition with the North Carolina Utilities Commission today asserting that Duke Energy

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Trailblazers

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Three projects show how mountain biking is helping shape development and protect private lands from pavement in Appalachia.

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Fire Ants Adjust to Higher Elevations

red area shows fire ants inhabiting much of the South

A recent study indicates that fire ants, an invasive species in Appalachia, are becoming acclimated to cooler conditions.

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Seen a Hellbender? Tell the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Hellbender head looking at the camera

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking people to report sightings of the large aquatic salamanders to aid in conservation efforts.

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