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Public Hearings on proposed MVP Southgate!

Aug. 19, 5-8 PM, Rockingham Comm. College, 215 Wrenn Memorial Rd., Wentworth
Aug. 20, 5-8 PM, Olde Dominion Ag Complex, 19783 U.S. Hwy. 29 S., Chatham
Aug. 22, 5-8 PM, Vailtree Event Center, 1567 Bakatsias Lane, Haw River

August 20, 7 PM, Enviva Public Hearing, Speak out to stop Enviva from expanding their wood pellet industry in NC! More info HERE, Northampton High School, Auditorium, 152 Hurricane Drive, Gaston

Aug. 28, 6:30 PM – Triangle Rising: Energy Justice for North Carolina ActionJoin with allies as we fight for energy justice and challenge the Duke Energy monopoly! Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Finlater Hall, Raleigh

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New Branch of ALEC Seeks to Further Erode Local Authority

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Asheville and Buncombe County residents stand up for local decisions about the drinking water system

During the last two legislative sessions, North Carolina lawmakers showed an unusual interest in interfering with local government affairs. Among other things, they tried to take away Charlotte’s authority over their own airport, Asheville’s authority over their own water system, and forced Durham to extend water and sewer lines to a private development that was outside of the city’s . . . → Read More: New Branch of ALEC Seeks to Further Erode Local Authority

The Stealthy Takeover of NC Drinking Water

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Today, we released a new report, “The Stealthy Takeover of NC Drinking Water: A Snapshot of Corporate Privatization,” presenting a geographical snapshot of small, privately-owned drinking water systems which are common sources of household drinking water, typically drawing groundwater from one or more wells.

Many North Carolinians don’t realize that their neighbors pay for water service from a private, for-profit company such as Aqua North Carolina or Utilities, Inc. These companies are quietly buying . . . → Read More: The Stealthy Takeover of NC Drinking Water

Private water customers demand clean, affordable water

December 17, residents of Union County gathered in front of the Mecklenburg Courthouse to protest the huge proposed rate increase.

This week, at hearings in Winston Salem and Charlotte, customers of private water/sewer utility Aqua North Carolina demonstrated the power of their collective voices, testifying before the NC Utilities Commission in opposition to a proposed 19% rate increase and demanding adequate service and transparency in the ratemaking process. Once relatively isolated in rural . . . → Read More: Private water customers demand clean, affordable water

Rate hikes loom for private water customers

Customers get organized to tell the NC Utilities Commission “No way!”

Aqua North Carolina, the NC’s largest investor-owned water and sewer utility, requested a 19.5% rate increase from the NC Utilities Commission this year. Aqua NC serves 90,000+ customers and is a subsidiary of Aqua America, a profitable corporation with an aggressive growth strategy. In the past decade, the company has been quietly buying up small rural and suburban water and wastewater systems (see our . . . → Read More: Rate hikes loom for private water customers