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

A Hurricane’s Aftermath

Friday, September 21st, 2018 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Floodwaters continue to spread toxic contamination from hog farms and coal ash impoundments, and have raised concerns about the social disparity of the residents impacted by the disaster. [ More ]

North Carolina needs maximum protections from Duke Energy’s coal ash pollution

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

NC DEQ is asking for input from residents and experts on a new set of rules to govern the way coal ash is handled in the state. [ More ]

Federal fund for black lung healthcare in danger

Thursday, September 6th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Our elected representatives need to step up and make sure coal companies pay their fair share toward healthcare for coal miners with black lung disease. [ More ]

PVEC member voices need to be heard on Sept. 15

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

Powell Valley Electric Cooperative's annual meeting is coming up — and now, more than ever, member voices need to be heard. [ More ]

Al Gore, Rev. Barber tour coal-impacted communities in N.C.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 1 Comment

The former vice president joined with the Poor People's Campaign and others on a two-day tour to highlight the link between environmental injustice and poverty. [ More ]

FERC halts construction of Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines

Monday, August 13th, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In the span of two weeks, federal court rulings exposed major flaws in the permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipeline, bringing construction to a halt. [ More ]

New map shows more acreage disturbed per ton of coal mined now than 30 years ago

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | 1 Comment

Researchers from SkyTruth, Duke University, and Appalachian Voices recently released the first-ever peer-reviewed study of the year-by-year footprint of surface coal mining, including mountaintop removal mining, in Central Appalachia, and the results are sobering. [ More ]

The burden of rural home energy costs

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

Rural households spend 40% more of their income on energy costs than households in metropolitan areas, according to a new report. Our executive director explains how rural electric cooperatives could help families alleviate that burden through energy efficiency. [ More ]

MVP Southgate open houses held for three counties

Thursday, July 19th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 1 Comment

What Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, had to say at three open houses on their proposed Southgate extension into North Carolina, plus a quick look at the latest developments on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. [ More ]

How can TVA claim to support energy efficiency and renewables even as they implement policies that discourage them?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 | Posted by Nina Levison | No Comments

TVA is using its already-obsolete 2020 Integrated Resource Plan as an opportunity to cut funding for energy-saving technologies that it claims are driving down revenue. [ More ]

Empowering citizens at the Water Justice Summit

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | 2 Comments

The recent Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg, Va., brought together citizens from Central Appalachia whose water is imperiled by coal mining, fracked gas pipelines and other industrial threats to strategize, learn skills and build affinity. [ More ]

Blue Ridge Energy: An uncooperative cooperative?

Friday, July 6th, 2018 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | 1 Comment

As a resident of the North Carolina High Country and a member of Blue Ridge Energy, Appalachian Voices' Rory McIlmoil believes the co-op can and must do better by its members. [ More ]