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The Advocate — Issue #143

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July 22, 2021

Coal mine reclamation crisis

As more coal companies declare bankruptcy and shirk their cleanup responsibilities, our new report finds more than 633,000 acres in the East need reclamation at a price tag up to $9.8 billion. We offer recommendations for regulatory fixes.


The greenwashing of MVP

The developers of the climate catastrophe that is the Mountain Valley Pipeline proudly announced a deal to offset the project’s carbon emissions. Don’t be fooled.

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New video calls for abandoned mine cleanup

A powerful new video tells the story of the abandoned mine lands crisis across the country and how Congress can fix it. WATCH & call 888-464-1997 to leave a message with your representative!

A tale of Gray’s lily

Follow writer Natalie Foreman on her journey through a nature preserve with a botanist who has “fallen hard” for the extremely rare but showy Gray’s lily, known to exist only in three Appalachian states. Photo courtesy of Ben Brewer.


Knoxville folks launch new advocacy campaign

Communities of color here are 200% more likely to be cut off from their utility service due to inability to pay their bills than White communities. The newly formed Knoxville Water and Electric for All campaign aims to change that.


Coal miners talk black lung

Join us for a new webinar, “Black Lung: People, Power and Policy,” to hear from miners and health care providers, and learn what you can do to support their fighting for benefits. August 11 at 6pm. Photo courtesy of Earl Dotter.

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Cleaning Up Abandoned Coal Mines is BIG Problem That Needs BIG Solutions

July 22, 6-6:30 p.m.: Learn about the impact that abandoned coal mines have on surrounding communities and take action during this virtual event.


New River Conservancy Annual Meeting

July 25, 2-5 p.m.: The New River Conservancy in West Jefferson, N.C., is hosting their annual meeting to celebrate the New River watershed with food, drinks and live music.


Keep The Light On Town Hall

July 27, 6 p.m.: Hear the latest from NC energy justice advocates. Tune in to the live feed on Advance Carolina’s Facebook page. 


The People’s TVA Hearing

Aug. 4, 6-8 p.m.: TVA has stopped providing public comment opportunities, so the Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Movement is holding its own public hearing!

Summer in the Park

Aug. 3-8: Experience a variety of outdoor activities at the Warrior Path State Park in Kingsport, Tenn., including hiking, tree identification, birding and wildlife tracking.

Black Lung: People, Power and Policy

Aug. 11, 6 p.m.: Join us online to hear from miners and health care providers, and learn what you can do to support their fight for benefits.

How Communities are Gaining Control Over HOW MUCH Power Costs

Aug. 31, 5:30-7 p.m.

Learn how communities are ensuring that essential energy services are affordable for all people, regardless of household ability to pay.


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