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Virginia Makes Final Decision to Deny Dangerous Wise County Strip Mine

Virginia Makes Final Decision to Deny Dangerous Wise County Strip Mine
Local Residents Have Long Opposed the Controversial Project
BIG STONE GAP, VA – Late last week the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) made a final decision to deny the Ison Rock Ridge Surface Mine permit after an appeal by A&G Coal Corporation, the coal company applying for the permit.… Read the rest

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SAMS Election 2015

Reminder. The annual election for the SAMS board of directors will be March 17th. Nominations for the SAMS board are now open, and will close at the SAMS February membership meeting (Feb 17).
If you would like to make a nomination of a SAMS board member, Please contact Kendall Bilberay at kendall@theallianceforappalachia.org, Kendall will be checking to see if your membership dues are current as you nominate.… Read the rest

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Grassroots Progress Report Evaluates Obama’s Legacy in Appalachia

Grassroots Progress Report Evaluates Obama’s Legacy in Appalachia
The report discusses the Obama Administration’s successes and shortfalls in addressing the impacts of mountaintop removal and investing in a just and sustainable economy in Appalachia.
Read the report here : (Grassroots Progress Report)
 
Following a tumultuous year for the coal industry, including the disastrous coal-chemical spill that left 300,000 without access to clean water in West Virginia, and increasing layoffs as coal mining continues to decline, a coalition of Appalachian citizen groups are demanding increased action from the Obama Administration.… Read the rest

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SAMS Mourns the Passing of Judiana Stines

While the last few months have been marked by success and victory, our hearts are heavy with the recent loss of one of our beloved board members, Judiana Stines. Jude went to be with her Lord on Tuesday September 30th after a long and painful struggle from complications with diabetes.
Judiana is remembered by us all for her unshakable optimism and joy.… Read the rest

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