Last night, the state legislature adjourned and left Raleigh until the 2015 session begins in January. We will have a full review of what happened on environmental issues during the session available in next month’s edition of Footnotes.
For this edition, the spotlight is on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act, as well information about the public hearings happening right now as part of the public review of the proposed fracking rules. As always, thanks for all that you do and we hope to see you at our Wilderness Celebration next month at Morrow Mountain State Park!
You staff at the NC Sierra Club
Coal Ash Legislation Passes
The legislature gave final approval yesterday to the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, a complex measure that takes steps forward in regulating coal ash as other wastes but also undermines a court ruling that would have required immediate cleanup of coal ash.
It’s time for the EPA to finish what North Carolina started to ensure full protection by adopting strong national standards for coal ash to protect every community in the United States. EPA action is needed more than ever to set a national standard and to stop the piecemeal approach to addressing coal ash waste and contamination across the US.
Click here to learn more about the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 and what it means for North Carolina.
Public Comments Being Accepted Now on Proposed Fracking Rules
Public hearings on the state’s proposed fracking rules started yesterday in Raleigh. And between 400 and 500 people showed up! There are three more public hearings around the state in coming days where you can give your input on ways to strengthen the proposed rules.
Click here for more information including location details and ideas on things to include in your comments!
Hundreds of people at the Raleigh hearing on Wednesday in Raleigh give a show of hands for those wo think the proposed fracking rules are not adequate.
Wilderness Celebration in the Heart of Carolina
On September 26-27, the NC Sierra Club is hosting a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Held at Morrow Mountain State Park, this celebration is centrally located to all North Carolinians wishing to pay respect to past efforts to protect wilderness, as well as to build support to carry on the proud legacy of protecting our wild areas!
Activities include canoeing, hiking, service, birding, fishing, stargazing and a special guided tour of the Kron restoration!
Click here for more event details or to reserve your spot today!
Clean Energy for Raleigh
The Capital Group of the NC Sierra will soon be launching its Clean Energy for Raleigh campaign. This exciting project aims to make it easy and affordable for homeowners, businesses, and tax-exempt entities in Raleigh, NC, to go solar and invest in energy efficiency.
The program was recently featured in a Triangle Business Journal article, in which, Chelsea Barnes of the Capital Group makes a very compelling case for going solar. Click here to read the article.
Click here to learn more about this program and to find out how you can enroll!
Wilderness Spotlight: Ellicott Rock
Ellicott Rock is unique among wilderness areas in that it is shared among three states: North Carolina (3,394 acres), Georgia (2,021 acres) and South Carolina (2,859 acres). The area was designated as wilderness in 1975. It received its name for the “N G” chiseled in a rock by surveyor Andrew Ellicott in 1811 indicating the point of beginning of the dividing line between North Carolina and Georgia.
Click here to learn more about this wilderness area on the Our Wild NC website!
Upcoming Events and Outings
Fracking Public Hearings (See above for more information)
August 22, 2014 - Wicker Civic Center, Sanford, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
August 25, 2014 - Rockingham County High School, Reidsville, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
September 12, 2014 - Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center- WCU, Cullowhee, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Featured Wilderness Outings
There are two featured wilderness outings coming up! If all of this talk about celebrating wilderness has you itching to get outside, we have two great opportunities for you!
There’s an overnight backpack and camping outing to Cold Mountain & Shining Rock Wilderness on September 5-7 and a wilderness day hike and car camping in Linville Gorge on September 6-7.
Click here for details and to see all of our upcoming wilderness events!
August 24 - 1:00 p.m. – Kayak With Candidates – Neuse River
The Croatan Sierra club is hosting this short paddle up the Neuse River. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early where Glenburnie Road meets the Neuse River with their own canoe or kayak, paddle, and personal flotation device. The group will paddle past the marsh islands and up the short cypress-lined creeks on both sides of the river there will be time to discuss water quality issues, especially the impact of the Lee Coal Plant upstream in Goldsboro, which has been leaking toxic chemicals for decades. Sierra Club lobbyist Cassie Gavin, the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Travis Graves and endorsed General Assembly candidates George Graham, Carr Ipock, and Whit Whitley will be there to answer your questions and concerns about the environment. You must sign a waiver to participate in this outing. Bring your own water supply and environmental questions.
For more information and to register, contact Robert Scull at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 30 - 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Alpaca Meet & Greet – Chatham County
Come visit an alpaca farm set in the rolling hills of southwest Chatham County and learn about the origin and history of alpacas. Find out why they are called the green livestock and see where your alpaca sweater comes from.The group will visit the animals in their barn as they talk about their basic care and the gentle impact they have on the environment. Attendees should bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the porch in a relaxed country setting after the tour.
Closed-toed, sturdy shoes are required. Hat and sun protection are advisable. Bring your camera. No pets please. Tour will be held rain or shine. Participation is by advance registration only and is limited to 10 people. Exact meeting location will be provided when registration is confirmed.
To register, please contact Rosmarie: email@example.com
September 3, 10, 17, & 24 - 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Walking Wednesdays – Durham
Join Sierrans for a fast-paced, mid-week walk on the Al Beuhler Trail. The trail circles the perimeter of the Washington-Duke Golf Course, offering shade, moderate hills, and natural scenery. The leader will set the pace to complete the 3-mile course in 1-hour although you are welcome to go your own pace and do as many laps as you would like. Standard Sierra Club waiver applies.
Click here for more information.
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