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

History, health at stake in Buckingham County

Monday, June 4th, 2018 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

The omissions and errors in the permitting process for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline regarding an African-American community in central Virginia amounts to racism. A state panel on environmental justice calls for a new process. [ More ]


Finalists announced in N.C. “Home Energy Makeover Contest”

Thursday, May 31st, 2018 | Posted by Becca Bauer | No Comments

We are delighted to announce the five finalists in our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest, who all received a free energy audit on their home. The grand prize winner will be announced soon. [ More ]


New TVA rate structure likely to harm low-income families

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | 1 Comment

TVA's new "Grid Access Charge" will reduce both local power companies' and end users’ ability to control their monthly energy costs. [ More ]


Federal and N.C. coal ash rules under attack

Friday, May 18th, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 6 Comments

As the state reviews changes to coal ash policy, EPA head Scott Pruitt is looking to help utilities' bottom line by dramatically weakening federal safeguards on the toxic substance. [ More ]


Public events at the Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

The public is invited to a public art reception and an expert panel discussion in conjunction with the upcoming Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg this June. Check it out! [ More ]


FloydFest for the WIN!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Become a member of Appalachian Voices before May 31, and be entered to win two 4-day tickets to FloydFest. It's Membership for the Win! [ More ]


Beyond power: Electric cooperatives can provide more than just electricity to meet rural needs

Friday, May 11th, 2018 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

Rural electric cooperatives' legacy of rural economic development uniquely positions them to go beyond energy and find innovative solutions to challenges facing rural communities. [ More ]


Tennessee legislature weakens coal mining oversight

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

If Gov. Haslam allows the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee to become law, it will erode community protections and become an unnecessary burden on Tennessee taxpayers. [ More ]


Federal spending bill: Some good, and bad news for Appalachia

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

Congress included funding for several programs important for Appalachian communities, but failed to include the critical RECLAIM Act. [ More ]


Alpha Natural Resources wants to use Coal River Mountain as a tire dump

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

The case of Republic Energy makes it clear that the deck is still stacked in favor of the coal industry. But that has never dissuaded Coal River Mountain Watch from challenging the industry and the agencies that enable it. [ More ]


Holding pipeline profiteers accountable

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 1 Comment

The fossil fuel industry and monopoly utilities will not turn easily from their money-making course. We citizens must continue to hold them accountable. [ More ]


Coal River Mountain is not a dump

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Proposed revisions to the Collins Fork Permit do not meet any reclamation standards set forth to restore ecosystems, forests or garner resources for the community. [ More ]