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  • This Land: There are many reasons to oppose natural gas pipelines

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has rightly lauded decisions by two West Coast breweries to build East Coast facilities in Virginia. But he doesn’t seem to truly understand why Virginia — and specifically the Roanoke area — appealed to those executives. One of the coolest things about living in Roanoke —

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  • This Land: Why Everyone Should Be Afraid Of Steve Bannon’s White House Ascent

    The resignation of Donald Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn Monday night is the latest sign of turmoil and incompetence from the White House. His resignation apparently became inevitable after The Washington Post reported that, despite his denials and the denials of Vice President Mike Pence, Flynn had indeed discussed

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  • Court: WV’s Refusal to Comply With Clean Water Act Triggers EPA’s Duty to Step In

    Today a federal judge ordered EPA to act within 30 days in light of the failure by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“WVDEP”) to comply with the Clean Water Act.  In a case brought by Appalachian Mountain Advocates on behalf of the Sierra Club, the Ohio Valley Environmental

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  • Groups ask for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline approval to be taken back, cite lack of need

    Appalachian Mountain Advocates has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to rescind its approval of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, a 198-mile pipeline that would help transport fracked gas from Pennsylvania. The groups have argued that FERC rushed into a decision before the pipeline builder provided the agency with the critical environmental

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  • Students File Lawsuit Against George Mason University for Donor Records

    Appalmad and Transparent GMU Seeks to Make GMU Foundation Comply with Freedom of Information Act Fairfax, VA – This morning, George Mason University students filed a lawsuit against both George Mason University and the George Mason University Foundation in hopes of obtaining grant and gift agreements between private donors and

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  • Legal Challenge to ACP Compressor Station in Buckingham County

    Late last week Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed a legal challenge to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s Special Use Permit for a compressor station in Buckingham County. The county’s Board of Supervisors voted in January to grant the controversial permit after a five-hour public meeting filled with locals opposing the project. The compressor

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  • Groups Celebrate Protections for PA State Park from Consol Mining Permit

    Greene County, PA — The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) has forbidden Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company (Consol) from mining within 100 feet of Kent Run inside Ryerson Station State Park while it hears an ongoing appeal of the company’s controversial permit to expand its Bailey Mine. In December, the Pennsylvania

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  • This Land: Trump will ignore security threats of climate change

    It is not surprising that President-elect Donald Trump will be surrounding himself with people who disagree with the scientific consensus about the urgency of taking action to reduce carbon emissions. Trump has made no secret of where he stands, and the large number of appointees with oil and gas interests

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  • This Land: Trump’s Cabinet will be loaded with climate-change deniers

    At this writing, Donald Trump has nominated or appointed 28 individuals to serve his administration. As far as I can tell, of those 28 individuals, only three are on record affirming the scientific fact that human activity is causing global climate change. The rest are not necessarily all climate deniers.

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  • Fourth Circuit Court Affirms Clean Water Act Protections for West Virginia Families

    Richmond, VA – Earlier this week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion affirming that a West Virginia coal mine violated the Clean Water Act when it discharged toxic pollution into nearby waterways. The opinion unanimously affirms an earlier decision by the U.S. District Court

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