New Media Series Highlights How Wood Pellet Industry Increases Environmental Racism

As most of you know at this point, our forests are being destroyed to make wood pellets that are shipped to Europe where they are burned for electricity. The Europeans currently count biomass electricity as both renewable and carbon neutral. Unfortunately, burning forests for fuel not only destroys our forests, the best defense against climate […]

Statement: NC DAQ Approves Wood Pellet Mill in Lumberton, NC

The first time many of the residents of Lumberton, Robeson County, North Carolina, heard about plans of a company to build a polluting wood pellet facility in their neighborhood was when the NC Division of Air Quality (NC DAQ) issued an air quality permit. With just 30 days before the initially scheduled public hearing, and […]

A Pandemic of Injustice in the Rural South

Lumberton, North Carolina, in Robeson County is a microcosm of the issues we face as a nation. Business as usual marches on while we reel from a global pandemic, from wrongful murders, and from the constant onslaught of racism, climate change, and a system that continues to prioritize corporations and profit with no regard for […]

Debra David speaks at a press conference

We Will Not Be Silent

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. James Scurlock. David McAtee. Modesto Reyes. These are the latest victims in a long history of tragic murders of Black people at the hands of police officers or in the name of “criminal justice” in the United States. Racism is prevalent across our society at every turn. We see […]

Enough is Enough: No More NC Forest Destruction

Our message to the NC Department of Environmental Quality was clear: It is time to pump the brakes on the wood pellet industry. Enviva must halt expansion and install the air quality controls the community deserves.