Legislation was introduced January 30 in the West Virginia House of Delegates that would heighten the penalties for protesting near oil and gas pipelines and other infrastructures. Under the provisions of H.R 4615 knowingly trespassing on property containing a critical infrastructure facility is punishable by a year in jail and a $500 fine.
Appalachian Headwaters, the new venture dedicated to developing sustainable economic opportunities that restore damaged ecosystems in central Appalachia, which was profiled in the November 15 issue of ABRA Update, is seeking campers its unique, environmentally-focused summer camp experience for young people,
A West Virginia House of Delegates resolution introduced on January 14 would invite Virginia counties or independent cities that are dissatisfied with prospective legislation in the Virginia General Assembly on gun control to leave Virginia and become part of West Virginia.
- – Grist – 12/3/19
- – Charleston Gazette-Mail – 11/24/19
- – Utility Dive – 11/6/19
ABRA conducted an in depth briefing and tour of sites along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route for Board members of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (WVHC). The October 19 tour occurred in western Pocahontas County and adjoining Randolph County, West Virginia.
- – Natural Gas Intelligence – 10/22/19
Hands Across the AT rallies were held at 3 Virginia locations along the Appalachian Trail (AT) this past weekend: near Pearisburg, Blumont, and at Humpback Rocks. Speakers at the Humpback event speaking against the proposed crossing of the AT by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline at Reed’s Gap,
April Pierson-Keating, founder of the Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance, an ABRA member, passed away September 28. April was an inspiration to all who knew and worked with her. Her efforts on behalf of environmental issues in West Virginia and her contributions to the greater welfare of her community were exemplary.