The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia

Local governments call for abandoned mine cleanup

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Local governments in Southwest Virginia and Pennsylvania are passing resolutions showing their support for cleanup of abandoned coal mines. A bill that would extend the abandoned mine land program beyond 2021 passed the House Natural Resources Committee last week. [ More ]


The change in Richmond can bring change statewide

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

Advocates for clean energy, environmental justice and fair electricity pricing are leveraging the shift in political power in Richmond to advance their missions. Here's some of the bills Appalachian Voices is working on this session. [ More ]


Momentous win for environmental justice and against pipelines!

Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Communities and organizations fighting the proposed fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline celebrated a monumental win for environmental justice this week. [ More ]


Duke Energy rate hike hearings 2020

Saturday, December 21st, 2019 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

After our victory on North Carolina's Senate Bill 559, Duke Energy is yet again asking the state regulators for permission to raise the rates it charges families and businesses. [ More ]


Progress on healthcare for miners with black lung disease

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

Congress reinstated a tax to fund healthcare and benefits for miners with black lung and their families for 2020 — but further action is needed to extend the tax and support the fund for 10 years. [ More ]


Rooted vision: Activists across the generations

Monday, December 16th, 2019 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

A group of social justice activists from 17 to 75 from Virginia traveled to the 8th annual Southern Movement Assembly in Mississippi, where they made connections and drew inspiration from others. [ More ]


Fossil fuels in Virginia

Monday, December 2nd, 2019 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, Appalachian Voices' Executive Director Tom Cormons says the 2019 election for state legislative offices is a clear mandate for energy utility reform in Virginia. [ More ]


Re-envisioning public power in the Tennessee Valley

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

The 2019 Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Tour is a listening project to begin building a grassroots vision for our energy future by asking communities impacted by the Tennessee Valley Authority what they want. [ More ]


North Carolina shows up strong against fracked-gas projects

Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

North Carolinians are turning out strong to stand for environmental justice and water quality and to stop unneeded fracked-gas projects. [ More ]


Major win for N.C. clean energy advocates

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Appalachian Voices was among the many organizations voicing public opposition in North Carolina to a rate-hike bill despite Duke Energy’s money influence in the state legislature. [ More ]


A policymaker’s guide to fostering community solar development

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Pro-solar policy is crucial to bringing clean, renewable energy to Southwest Virginia and Appalachia as a whole. [ More ]


Protected or not? Coal company pushes for mine in protected Tennessee area

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Federal regulators are considering a proposal for a new surface coal mine in Tennessee's Cumberland Mountains, despite the fact that in 2016, the federal government declared most of the area in question off-limits to surface mining. [ More ]