• This Land: Capito asks for too much trust on vague Obamacare replacement promises

    Republicans have been talking about repealing and replacing Obamacare since its passage in 2009 — an action that would have devastating consequences across Central Appalachia. With November’s election resulting in Republican control of both houses of Congress and the White House, soon there will be nothing to stop them.

    Except for one inconvenient fact: All these years later, Republicans still » Continue Reading.

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  • This Land: Trump’s job promises are either empty or forgotten

    Trump’s election won’t magically bring coal back and fix all the problems facing coal counties in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Government revenues will continue to plummet. Environmental wounds will continue to fester. Unemployed miners will continue to struggle to find work. And politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, will continue to ignore the long overdue need to transition to a post-coal economy.

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  • Humanity in the balance: Trump will reverse Obama climate change policies

    The election of Donald J. Trump, who once tweeted that climate change is a Chinese hoax to gain an economic advantage over our country, could not have come at a worse time for the future of humanity.

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  • U.S. House votes to gut Stream Protection Rule

    We’re sorry to report that last night the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1644, a bill that would allow more toxic mining waste to be dumped in our streams. The bill aims to gut the proposed Stream Protection Rule, which would go a long way towards improving the weak water standards currently on the books. After years of working to protect water quality in Appalachia, we at Appalmad know that current standards are wholly inadequate to protecting streams and other drinking water sources in mining regions. We’re relying on the Senate to stop this senseless bill from becoming law.

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  • Groups In Two States Challenge Mountain Valley Pipeline

    Groups In Two States Challenge Mountain Valley Pipeline

    November 30, 2015

    Contact: Ben Luckett, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, 304-645-0125, bluckett@appalmad.org Hannah Wiegard, Appalachian Voices, 804-536-5598, hannah@appvoices.org Anne Havemann, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, 240-396-1984, anne@chesapeakeclimate.org Kirk Bowers, Virginia Chapter, Sierra Club, 434-296-8673, kirk.bowers@sierraclub.org

    The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that would carry natural gas fracked in northern West Virginia 301 miles through West » Continue Reading.

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  • Event in Charlottesville shows the time to switch energy sources is now

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) — The McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville was filled with environmental organizations Thursday night as they promoted the use of renewable energy sources to the public.
    “For the first time in a long time I think there is hope in renewable energy,” said Joe Lovett of the Appalachian Mountain Advocates, “because they are now competitive with prices, and the local schools that have partial solar powered lighting show us the way to do that state wide.”

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  • Boyd school board joining landfill suit

    Appalmad is representing the school board of Boyd County, Kentucky, in a challenge to one of the largest landfills operating in the southeastern United States. Noxious odors from the Big Run Landfill have caused health problems across the community, and have been so bad that the district has evacuated children from its facilities. The majority of the waste in the » Continue Reading.

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  • Roanoke-based coal company to remediate environment in Southwest Virginia

    Appalachian Mountain Advocates, the Sierra Club and Appalachian Voices, a third environmental group, sued A&G in 2012. Judge James Jones of U.S. District Court in Big Stone Gap found A&G Coal liable for releasing selenium without a permit, a violation of the Clean Water Act. That left only the question of penalties.

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  • Environmental groups want larger review of interstate pipelines

    More than 30 environmental groups are calling for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to conduct a comprehensive impact study for four proposed interstate gas pipelines that would run out of West Virginia. The groups, including Appalachian Mountain Advocates and the Southern Environmental Law Center, are asking the federal regulators to assess the need for the interstate pipelines as a whole, instead of on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Environmental groups file challenge to Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    WDBJ7: Appalachian Mountain Advocates argues the pipeline is not needed and would cause irreparable harm to the environment

    The proposed 564-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would carry natural gas fracked in West Virginia through Virginia to North Carolina is not needed, would cause irreparable harm to the environment and private property, and should be denied, according to documents being » Continue Reading.

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