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PRESERVING OUR BLUE RIDGE SCENERY

We knocked on tens of thousands of doors to shine a spotlight on a hidden provision in the state budget that prevented land conservation along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lawmakers removed the prohibition in their 2012-2013 budget, and began to restore devastating cuts to land conservation programs.

News Release | Environment Norht Carolina

Congressional Budget Helps the Blue Ridge Parkway, Restores Parks Funding

Raleigh, NC-This week, U.S. House and Senate appropriators set funding levels for agencies like the National Park Service and finalized a comprehensive budget agreement.

Environment North Carolina’s Liz Kazal offered the following statement:

 

“I applaud U.S. House and Senate appropriators for their work on a budget that does much to protect North Carolina’s wild places and our water and air.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Budget Cuts Threaten Future of Blue Ridge Parkway

Asheville– As Congress deliberates on the federal budget, a new Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Smokies and other national parks and forests as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Death By a Thousand Cuts

Our National Parks have been called America’s best idea, and represent the rugged and resilient spirit of our natural heritage.  From our first encounter with wildlife, or first night sleeping under the stars, to our first time climbing to the precipice of some of the world’s tallest mountains, this country’s national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and waterways are where some of our most cherished memories are formed.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Massive Conservation Coalition Calls for Bold Action to Advance Offshore Wind Power

Raleigh, NC—With critical federal tax incentives set to expire on December 31, coastal businesses and state officials joined Environment North Carolina, the National Wildlife Federation, Southern Environmental Law Center, and over 230 other organizations and elected officials Wednesday to urge the Obama administration to take swift, bold action to facilitate the development of offshore wind power along the North Carolina coast. The announcement comes on the heels of Gov. Pat McCrory’s recent statements in support of opening up the North Carolina coast for offshore drilling.

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News Release | Environment Norht Carolina

A Toxic Cocktail: Fracking Chemical Disclosure Laws On Today’s Agenda

As the future of fracking in North Carolina hangs in the balance, the Mining and Energy Commission, the regulatory body that will decide how fracking is regulated should it be allowed in the state, met today to discuss rules on disclosing toxic chemicals that are used in the hydraulic fracturing process.

“The use of toxic, and even cancer- causing, chemicals is just the reality of fracking,” said Liz Kazal, field associate with Environment North Carolina. “Disclosing what toxic chemicals used during the process will not do anything to actually protect the people of North Carolina from chemical exposure; the best way to protect our drinking water is to avoid pumping these toxic chemicals into the ground in the first place. That’s why we support a permanent ban on fracking.”

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