4 NC Buses to NYC Sept 21 People’s Climate March!

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4 NC Buses to NYC Sept 21 People’s Climate March!

Organizers from around the state are working together to secure funding, finalize contracts with bus companies, determine the fares and departure/return times, and handle the travel logistics. There are volunteer Bus Captains that will be finalizing these items and making announcements on the NC People’s March Facebook page (be sure to “Like” the page and invite your friends!) as soon as the details for each city are set.

We’ll also be posting other information and resources on the NC People’s March Facebook page.

As it stands today there will be 4 buses from North Carolina to NYC:

Asheville – Bus Captains Debby Genz dgenz@skyrunner.net and Mary Olson maryo@nirs.org

Boone – Bus Captain Dave Harman dh.harman@hotmail.com

Charlotte – Bus Captains Hanna Mitchell hanna.mitchell@greenpeace.org and Bill Gupton at wmgupton@aol.com

Raleigh/Durham – Bus Captain Caroline Hansley caroline.hansley@greenpeace.org

Non Departure City Contacts

Winston-Salem/Greensboro – Karen Bearden chickadeebirders@earthlink.net

NC Coast – Priss Endo pauline.endo@gmail.com

If you would like to help with announcements, recruitment, or other trip logistics, please contact the closest Bus Captain to your area. 

Much more to follow. See you in NYC!

Recap of First MEC Fracking Hearing in Raleigh

Thanks to NC Sierra Club Lead Organizer Zak Keith for this great Wednesday, Aug 20th, update! Please submit as many comments as you would like! Check out our online resource for more info on the proposed rules and to submit comments.


Hey folks, today has been a busy day in Raleigh between the coal ash bill and the fracking MEC hearing. But I wanted to give a quick update on the MEC hearing and what happened this morning.

Before the hearing at NC State’s McKimmon Center, the Frack Free Alliance put on a rally outside. There were around 150 folks at the rally, a great turnout since it was a hot morning at 9:30.


Check out the great list of speakers below who talked about the need for local control and the need to slow the rush to frack NC.

  • State Senator Mike Woodard, Dist 22
  • State Representative Duane Hall, Dist. 11
  • Michael Tiemann, CEO of Redhat
  • Mayor Darryl Moss, Creedmoor
  • Dr. Susan R. DeLaney, N.D., Medical Advocates for Healthy Air 
  • Rev. Steve Halstead, Pastor, Community United Church of Christ
  • Danielle Adams, Durham County Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor
  • Daniel Dayton, Old Milburnie Farm

After the rally folks went into the center and over 100 people signed up to speak with around 400 in attendance.


The final count (if I did my math correct) was 78 against fracking and 8 for. Clearly folks came out in force to express their issues with fracking. Residents were concerned about setbacks, contamination of our drinking water, air pollution, and the lack of oversight in the rule making process. Many called for a moratorium to be reinstated.


We had some great Sierrans speak including Capital Group excom/leader Harvey Richmond, Marvin Woll (he ask who thought the rules were inadequate and you can see in the picture most folks agreed!) from the Capital Group, and Jon Sheline from the Headwaters group among many others who spoke. If I missed you, please let me know! And thanks to all the folks who got the word out. See some pictures below.

This was the first in the upcoming MEC hearings. There will be one in Sanford this Friday and Reidsville next Monday. Check out our online resource for more info on the proposed rules.

Please contact me if you are interested in getting more involved as we move forward on the next phase of the fracking issue. Thanks!

Zachary Keith
Lead Organizer
North Carolina Sierra Club

Stand up to carbon pollution in North Carolina

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Stand up for limits on carbon pollution: Submit your official comment to the EPA today!

Ian Somerhalder and Mary Anne Hitt
Take Action!

The time is now to act to put historic limits on carbon pollution.

Now that the EPA has finally proposed the first-ever safeguards against carbon pollution from our nation’s aging power plants, we have a real chance to make a difference in the fight against climate change.

This is a big deal — and the big polluters know it.

You can join thousands of others who have already submitted a comment to the EPA or testified at one of their hearings in July. Submit your comment to the EPA today.

 Activists here in North Carolina have been especially vocal, calling on Duke to deal with their carbon and coal ash pollution. Our fights against local coal plants even were featured in the documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously,” featuring Ian Somerhalder.

As we ramp up our climate work here, you can get involved! The first step is to submit your official comment to the EPA supporting their proposed limits on carbon pollution.

This is the beginning of what could be the biggest climate fight in history. Fossil fuel billionaires are mobilizing like never before. But their money can’t match our people power.

Don’t let the fossil fuel billionaires get the last word. Flood the White House and EPA with thousands of official comments saying that America is ready for strong climate action!

Thanks for everything you do to protect our environment,

Emma Greenbaum
Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club

P.S. You can also join us in Charlotte for a Citizens’ Climate Hearing on Tuesday, September 9. Click here for more info and to RSVP.

Sierra Club-wide call on the EPA Clean Power Plan – Sept 10

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Greetings Sierra Club staff and volunteers! We are writing to invite you to a Sierra Club-wide call on the EPA Clean Power Plan, and to provide you with a couple of new resources to support your advocacy in the weeks ahead.
First, mark your calendars for a call Wednesday, Sept. 10. Join us at either 2:00pm or 8:00pm ET, whichever works best for your schedule, at the following number: 866-501-6174, code 107-397-1913. We’ll update you on the latest developments around the Clean Power Plan, share the work of some chapters and volunteers from around the country, and have policy experts on the line to answer your questions.
Second, below you’ll find three resources to support your advocacy on the Clean Power Plan:
  • One page fact sheet: An overview of the Clean Power Plan and the historic opportunity it creates for us to build a clean energy roadmap in all 50 states.
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQ): Answers some of the questions that have been rolling in from staff and volunteers around the nation.
  • Strengthening document: An overview of our latest thinking on areas where the rule needs to be strengthened.
We’ll share an agenda for the call as the date gets closer – in the meantime, mark your calendars and keep sending along your needs and questions around the Clean Power Plan. And thanks for all your great work!
Mary Anne Hitt
Director, Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club

Friday, Aug 22 deadline: Submit comments on proposed NC water quality rules – Triennial Review


Because heavy metals like selenium do this…

Coal Ash Fish Pollution Impact

Figure 5. Abnormal bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus, top) from Lake Sutton (second collection batch) showing multiple defects of the mouth (which is permanently distended and less than 20% of its normal size) and other craniofacial structures including “gaping” distorted, permanently deformed gill cover. Bottom individual is normal.

Submit comments on proposed water quality rules – Triennial Review

NC regulators must conduct a Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards as required by the Federal Clean Water Act this year. North Carolina has not adopted revised water quality rules in the previous Triennial cycle. NC DENR has now proposed revisions to water quality rules as required by the Clean Water Act, and public comments are accepted through August 22.

North Carolina is also the only state in the Southeast so far not to adopt the nationally recommended criteria for concentrations of heavy metals in our water. Heavy metals can occur naturally, but when introduced in mass amounts due to unchecked industrial waste, it affects our health and our environment.

Triennial Review Information

The federal Clean Water Act requires states to “hold public hearings for the purpose of reviewing applicable water quality standards and, as appropriate, modifying and adopting standards” at least once every three years. NC last held such a public hearing to update its water quality protections in July 2006. The current hearing is four years overdue. NC lags behind neighboring states in adopting standards that meet the National Recommended Water Quality Criteria and that incorporate the best available science. The EPA has the authority to promulgate regulations to protect NC’s water if NC does not do so itself. Clean water and a healthy environment are vitally important to all North Carolinians – for their health, property values, recreational and business opportunities, etc. NC should not weaken any standards, but should retain its current water quality standards and strengthen them as described below.
Click on one of the sections to find more information about each subject.

Public Comment Period:
2014-06-14 thru 2014-08-22

Submit Comments Electronically:

Mail Comments To:
DENR/Division of Water Resources/Water Planning Section,
1611 Mail Service Center,
Raleigh, NC 27699-1611

For more information, see http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wq/rules


Water Quality Links and Lists:

This is where you can subscribe to the TMDL and Water Quality Assessment mailing list: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wq/ps/mt/unitinfo#Mailing

DENR’s Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs lists events, activities, and workshops for all ages in a searchable database here: http://web.eenorthcarolina.org/core/event/calendar.aspx?show=list&s=  Or, they can be viewed in a searchable calendar format here: http://web.eenorthcarolina.org/core/event/calendar.aspx.

The Stormwater Outreach and Education Listserv is frequently used to announce speaker events and workshops relevant to water quality. Here is a link to the subscription page: https://lists.ncmail.net/mailman/listinfo/stormwater.outreachandeducation.

Charlotte Interfaith Call for Action on Climate Change – Sept 9th Citizen Hearing

“We have a moral obligation to future generations to leave our land, water and wildlife better than we found it.”

~ Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

from Dealing with Climate Change: A Moral Obligation

Calling all Charlotte area clergy and lay leaders!

We need your voice and that of your congregants for an important Citizen’s Climate Hearing on September 9th at Myers Park Baptist Church. 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan is a historic measure calling for strong carbon pollution reductions to combat the worst effects of climate disruption. Now in the public comment period, the EPA needs to hear from concerned citizens that want strong protections from carbon pollution. This is a critical moment for North Carolinians to make sure our voice is heard. Citizens from across NC will gather at Myers Park Baptist Church to give oral testimony, which will be recorded and submitted as official comments to the EPA. Join us as we call on the EPA to take swift and strong action on climate for North Carolina.

For additional information or questions, contact Bill Gupton or Renee Reese.

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To learn more about the issues and solutions, plan to attend this September 4th  program at the University City Regional Library!

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