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Falalalala from YRK Staff

Thanks to our dedicated supporters, Yadkin Riverkeeper has had a successful year working for clean water and healthy ecosystems throughout the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin. On behalf of our Board of Director’s and staff we want to take this opportunity to share some of our successes in 2012, our outlook for 2013 and demonstrate what can be achieved as we work together for clean water.

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Human Health: The True Cost of Fracking

There are close to a half million gas wells currently operating in the U.S. that employ hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as a means to extract the gas from shale rock formations. Numerous pollutants are released into the air, water and soil as a result of fracking procedures.

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All Hands on Deck: The National Front in the Fight Against Fracking

Developed in its initial form in the 1940s, fracking has now arrived in or could reach everyone’s “backyard.” This includes places with denser development and higher populations (such as the East and Midwest) than has been the case with previous U.S. energy development. When it comes to impacts on communities and natural environments—not least of all the nation’s waterways and watersheds— practically everyone now lives downstream.

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Shuttered Alcoa Smelter

Victory for the Yadkin! ALCOA gives up on 401 water quality certification appeal

In a big victory for everyone who depends on the Yadkin River, and particularly in Stanly County, who has been fighting for clean water and the return of the Yadkin River to the citizens of North Carolina, Alcoa Power Generating Inc. (APGI) announced that it has filed a motion for an order dismissing its appeal concerning the revocation of the 401 water quality certificate for the Yadkin Hydroelectric Project.

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