Four local Riverkeeper organizations in North-Central Alabama have issued a statement this afternoon concerning the latest Colonial Pipeline disaster in Shelby County.
A petition supporting the establishment of a Birmingham Civil Rights National Park topped 10,000 signatures nationwide this week.
Last week, the petition and the National Park proposal gained momentum as a result of a visit and public hearing held by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell to consider designating places around the Birmingham’s Civil Rights District a National Park.
- Read about Freedom Rider Charles Person and his remarkable story – here.
Support for the proposed Freedom Riders National Park in Anniston received a big boost today in the opinion section of al.com with an essay by prominent National Park advocate and conservationist Frank Peterman.
Below is a compilation of local, regional, and national news stories on the Colonial pipeline explosion that occurred yesterday in Shelby county.
According to a Colonial Pipeline statement and multiple media reports, a contract crew working miles from the site of a Sept. 9 spill ran into the pipeline with a trackhoe, igniting gasoline and causing a fire. One person died at the scene and five others were transported to Birmingham-area hospitals for treatment.
Over 1000 acres have burned today in the Talladega National Forest. The fire appears to be caused by humans and heightened by the drought.
A great way to support the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and keep fit!
Checkout the Bham Now slideshow of the 2016 Dirt Dash at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Absolutely stunning. This satellite photo was posted on October 22nd by the National Weather Service showing the impact of last week’s Little River Canyon wildfire near Martha’s Falls.
Here are on-the- ground photos by WHNT News 19. The wildfire was contained to about 350 acres.
The Huffington Post reported on Alabama’s drought as the ‘worst in modern memory’. Lake Purdy, which supplies Birmingham with drinking water, has receded several feet due to drought, leaving dry, cracked ground where water used to be.
The drought continues to grow. State Parks Amendment 2 sparks debate. Anniston and Birmingham inch closer to designating National Parks with a visit from Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell.
And of course, Halloween is fast approaching, so the weekend is filled with wonderfully “scary” events and fundraisers.
A very busy week.
Below – excerpts from the speech today by Hank Thomas, Freedom Rider and survivor of the Anniston Bus Burning.
The speech was given after a tour of the proposed Freedom Riders Park. The tour was part of a visit by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell who later held a public hearing in downtown Anniston to consider a proposal to designate sites around Anniston as a National Park.
A reminder about two very important public hearings. Let’s make history tomorrow. Checkout our Bham Now story for details:
Here comes the sun Birmingham!
Yesterday, our friends at Eagle Solar and Light sent us the schedule for Birmingham’s very first Solar Home Tour.
Interest in solar powered homes and businesses is “growing” exponentially in the Magic City. Here are the details and most importantly the hour by hour day long schedule from their press release: Continue reading “Saturday is “Solar Day” in Birmingham”
Well, this is surprising.
Amendment 2, the proposed Constitutional Amendment to protect State Park funding, has experienced since its passage in April, 2016, virtually universal support from every corner of the state.
That was some “funky” smell in my garage this morning…. walked over to see if I had left something in my garbage can that hard spoiled (like milk or eggs) and there she was staring right back at me. A opossum. And yes… I jumped!
Ahh, the perils of urban wildlife.
Support YOUR Coast and YOUR Nature Preserve!
The Alabama Coastal Foundation Connect to Your Coast Tour (they have been in Gadsden and Tuscaloosa this past month) is teaming up with the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve and Nature Center this Thursday, October 27th for some good BBQ and an opportunity to learn about the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s efforts to protect and preserve Alabama’s coast.