Webinar: How To Testify at EPA Clean Power Plan Hearing

LEARN HOW TO TESTIFY! Want to learn more about how to give effective public comments on the Clean Power Plan?

Testify

Join us for a Webinar on July 24
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/540442391
The Chicago Organizing Team will lead a webinar on how to prepare persuasive testimony for the EPA Clean Power Plan hearings
Title: How To Testify at EPA Clean Power Plan Hearing
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Linville Gorge – 7.5 Mile Hike (Strenuous), Aug 3

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August 3rd (Sunday). Note: This is the reschedule of the rained out hike that was scheduled for June 8:

Linville Gorge Wilderness 7 ½ mile hike on the Conley Cove and Linville Gorge Trails. We will explore the scenic Conley Cove and Linville Gorge trails and the Linville River. The rhododendrons are likely to be in bloom which should make the natural beauty of the gorge even more spectacular. The trails are rugged and are unblazed, so the group will need to stay together. This hike is strenuous and is for fit, experienced hikers with sturdy comfortable closed toe footwear. Hiking boots or closed toe hiking sandals are recommended. We will stop periodically to admire the scenery. Please bring a minimum of ½ gallon of water and any food necessary to maintain energy for this hike. We will take a break for lunch and/or a snack at the half-way point. After the hike, we plan to stop at Wiseman’s View which is one of the more dramatic viewing points in the wilderness. Total hike time 4 hours plus breaks and a half hour at Wiseman’s View total approximately 6 hours. If we start at 10 AM, we should be finished around 4 – 5 PM depending on pace and length of breaks. Contact David Underwood at 704-675-2390

IMPORTANT: Group Size is limited to 10 people (Forest Service Rule for Wilderness Areas) We currently have 2 signed up. When we reach the 10 person limit I will note it below.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver

Health Spotlight: Fracking in North Carolina Webinar on July 17

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Health Spotlight: Fracking in North Carolina Webinar hosted by Medical Advocates for Healthy Air and Clean Air Carolina. July 17th online. This webinar, geared towards medical professionals, will be an opportunity to learn more about potential health impacts of fracking, lessons learned from Pennsylvania, and how medical professionals can address the issue.

Webinar date and time: Jul 17 from 2:00 until 3:30 PM

Goal: To provide medical and public health professionals a context regarding the scope of potential health impacts of fracking, lessons learned from Pennsylvania and offer ways to address the issue.

Who and What:

David Brown, ScD, Public Health Toxicologist and Director of Public Health Toxicology for Environment and Human Health, Inc.

In this webinar Dr. Brown will identify the acute and chronic health impacts associated with the practice of hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as “fracking”) and actions available to address them. Dr. Brown will provide a method to evaluate the appearance of health effects from fracking and amelioration of the harmful impacts.

Grady McCallie, Policy Director, NC Conservation Network

Grady will briefly present the context in which fracking is likely to happen in North Carolina – how we got here; the resource; recent legislation; and ongoing rulemaking, as it connects to the environmental health issues raised in Dr. Brown’s presentation. Grady will also mention upcoming opportunities for medical professionals to influence these issues in North Carolina.

Organization Hosting Event: Medical Advocates for Healthy Air , Clean Air Carolina

Website: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1084034162079875329

NC Public Citizen’s Hearing on EPA Carbon Rules – July 22, Chapel Hill

On June 2, EPA announced the first ever regulations of carbon pollution on existing power plants. The Clean Power Plan, as it is called, has a chance to be the single largest step the U.S. has ever taken to combat climate change. EPA is holding public hearing in four cities – North Carolina’s closest hearing is in Atlanta – NC Interfaith Power & LightClean Air Carolina, Environment NCNC Wildlife Federation, and Sierra Club NC Chapter are collaboratively organizing a Citizen’s Hearing in Chapel Hill to gather testimony and public comments on the plan. Organizing groups will deliver these official public comments to EPA.

Think it’s time for the U.S. to acknowledge and address climate change, then come make your voice heard!

Date:  Tuesday, July 22nd – Chapel Hill, NC

Time:  5:30pm – 8:00pm  public testimony time slot sign-up upon arrival

Assembly Hall
5:30 – 8:00    Group Networking and Informational Tabling with snacks and beverages
6:00 – 7:00    Elected Officials and invited speakers will give testimony

Community Lounge
5:30 – 8:00    Public testimonies (2 min/person) recorded in groups of three

Location:
United Church of Chapel Hill
1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-942-3540

Outings Leader Training at Hanging Rock State Park–Aug 22-24–REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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Hi Everyone,

We are excited to announce that registration for the upcoming Outings Leader Training (OLT) Weekend at Hanging Rock State Park is NOW OPEN! Space is limited and the registration deadline is Wednesday August 6th.

Training will include:

  • The Sierra Club Outdoor Leadership Training OLT201 (advanced OLT, this is required training to lead an overnight outing away from cars)
  • Basic First Aid (required of all Sierra Club Outings Leaders–you will receive a first aid card from ASHI good for two years at completion of the weekend)
  • Camping/Backpacking Skills
  • Special presentation by Recreation Specialist, Trevor Hudspeth (NOLS Wilderness EMT and NC EMT) on Wilderness Survival Skills!

Visit our Outings Calendar and on our Outings Resources | North Carolina Chapter for more information and the link for registration (via Eventbrite). There is a working document on our Outings Resource page that has additional details about the weekend.

Please note that we will not be teaching OLT101 this weekend–which is required for all Outings Leaders and must be renewed every 4 years. Outings Leaders (or Outings Leaders In-Training) that need to renew or take their OLT101 requirement should do so online prior to the training. Links and info are included in the announcements.

There will be some classroom instruction but we will be also be doing quite a bit of “on the trail” teaching/learning. It’s going to be a great time–we hope many of you will be able to make it!!!

-NC Chapter Outings Committee

July 15 – NC DOT Public Meeting on Char-Meck Area Transportation Projects

Want to have a voice in new area NC DOT transportation projects? Attend the Tuesday, July 15th, public meeting in Salisbury.

Share Your Thoughts on Point Distribution for Local Projects

Citizens are encouraged to help North Carolina take the next step forward to implement the Strategic Transportation Investments law.

Signed into law last summer, STI allows NCDOT to use its existing revenues to fund more projects that improve the state’s infrastructure, which will help create jobs and boost the economy.

The law directs each of the department’s 14 Transportation Divisions to assign points to local projects considered important to their area.

NCDOT wants to know what you think about:

  • The method your local division developed to determine how to assign these points
  • The number of points your local division plans to allot to different types of projects, including highway, aviation, bicycle and pedestrian, ferry, public transportation and rail

These points, when combined with a data-driven score, are used in determining the final score for each project on the Regional and Division levels. Projects on the Statewide level are scored using data only.

The divisions will hold public comment meetings in June and July where citizens can stop in, ask questions and share their thoughts about the point distribution process. Each division’s initial meeting will kick off a 30-day public comment period.

Division 10 Public Meeting

Date: Tuesday, July 15

Time: 4-7 p.m.

Location:
Metrolina Regional Transportation Management Center
2327 Tipton Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28213

Public comment period:
July 15 – August 14

Division 10 Methodology

Contact: Stuart Basham

Postal address:
716 W. Main St.
Albemarle, NC 28001

General questions:
(704) 983-4400

STI Comment Card

 

Stop Fracking in the North Carolina Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests

I got this message from the Forest Service about plans for fracking in our North Carolina national forests. When I get this sort of message it makes me even more concerned and calls out to tell the Forest Service why fracking our national forests is a really, really bad idea.

Please join me and send a comment about the “Revision of Land Management Plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests’ and tell them why you believe that fracking our national forests is a really, really bad idea.Click below to take action.

Thanks!

Comments may be sent via email to: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=43545 or via facsimile to 828-257-4263. Send or deliver written comments to: National Forests in North Carolina, Attention: Nantahala and Pisgah Plan Revision Team, 160A Zillicoa Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

National Forests in North Carolina
160A Zillicoa St.

Asheville, N.C. 28801 

News Alert

Media Contact: Stevin Westcott, 828-257-4215

Hydraulic Fracturing and Plan Revision

 

Some stakeholders have raised concerns about hydraulic fracturing and how it fits into revision of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests management plan.

It’s important for concerned citizens to know that revision of the management plan focuses on management practices, not on specific budgets or allocations of budgets.

The potential for oil and gas exploration will be identified in the plan revision process in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management.

As described in the Notice of Intent To Revise The Land And Resource Management Plan (NOI)…

“No decision regarding oil and gas leasing availability will be made in the revised Forest Plan, though standards will be brought forward or developed that would serve as mitigations should an availability decision be necessary in the future.”

Click here to read more.