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Today in Coal Ash Chronicles' amazing-team news: Desiree Kane, Kevin Beaty and I are out in the field, covering a coal-ash story for (something we can’t tell you about just yet) while Benjamin Kanes - Official and John Welsh, of SightSense Productions, are up in a plane over a coal ash site on the East Coast gathering some dramatic footage via LightHawk.

We should also add that film editor Nell Carden Grey is on the West Coast plugging away on the rough cut of our feature-length documentary film. Arley Wolber is helping on that, too, but from the East Coast. Also on the East Coast are multiple bloggers and social media folks.

Making a documentary film and transmedia project is definitely all about the teamwork.

To quote Kevin, “This is bad ass.”

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Will the Next Coal Ash Disaster Be in Your Neighborhood?


The Coal Ash Chronicles crew has been on the road for the past few weeks on what we’re calling our Last Epic Filming Trip.

We’re following up on stories we’ve already collected in communities around the country. Two years ago, we planned to visit every coal ash landfill and pond in the country … but there are too many of them; there are an estimated 1,500, and that’s probably a low-ball number.

Several organizations have been working on coal ash issues on behalf of the public, industry, and government for decades. Now that coal ash is a hot topic again, expect lots of information over the coming months about the stuff and its proximity to you.

In the meantime, might I suggest you visit your local coal ash ponds. Take photos and video. Find out how close your town’s drinking water supply is to the coal ash in your community. Find out if the coal ash from the local plant is being repurposed into products where it’s encapsulated, or if it’s being used in ways that might make it an environmental hazard.

Tune in. Start documenting. Speak up. #coalash

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Coal ash issue took years to reach breaking point

Pffft. You don’t have to tell us …
Coal Ash Chronicles’ founder Rhiannon Fionn has been on the coal-ash trail for five years and working on our documentary for nearly half that time. She’s described this as “feeling as if you’re screaming into a hurricane.”

But, hey … everyone said it would take a(nother) disaster for people to start paying attention. (Actually, Rhiannon keeps hoping a Kardashian will jump into a coal ash pond …) So, I guess we should thank Duke Energy for making a giant mess out of the Dan River so that people would tune into this critical water quality issue. *sigh* Why does it always take a disaster?

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John Skvarla: McCrory took swift action on coal ash | Letters to the Editor |

Someone should tell the N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources that their repeated critiques of the press and defensive posturing mostly come across as whining.

Stop your bloviating, Skvarla. Seriously. Just because you can call a press conference and convince a newspaper to publish anything you want doesn’t mean you should use that power.

Or, as President Lincoln once said: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

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