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

Monogamous and territorial – my common traits with woodpeckers

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 2 Comments

Living in Virginia, it’s easy to take the Blue Ridge Mountains for granted. But if you pay attention, there’s a mystery to them that many don't appreciate -- including the companies who want to build natural gas pipelines through them. [ More ]

In Tennessee, Powell Valley Electric Co-op members speak out

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 | Posted by Nina Levison | 2 Comments

Electric co-ops are governed by boards who are democratically elected, and therefore supposedly responsive to their customers, who are also co-owners of these utilities. The Powell Valley Electric Cooperative in east Tennessee has stirred grave concern with its herbicide spraying policy, and members are speaking out. [ More ]

The fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is not over

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 3 Comments

As expected, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently gave a glowing review to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, overlooking the threats to wetlands, forest, drinking waters and indigenous populations along the pipeline's proposed route. [ More ]

Keeping the mountain in Coal River Mountain

Monday, July 31st, 2017 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Local groups like Coal River Mountain Watch and Kanawha Forest Coalition are critical to protecting communities living near mountaintop removal mines in West Virginia. Appalachian Voices is helping them monitor mining activities and permits. [ More ]

A summer of learning and organizing against pipelines

Thursday, July 27th, 2017 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

This is the last day of my internship with Appalachian Voices. But even though my formal time here is over, I plan to continue fighting for clean water. [ More ]

Virginia inches closer to a carbon market

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is developing a rule that could significantly limit carbon emissions from power plants in the commonwealth. Developing a carbon trading program would be a sound option. [ More ]

RECLAIM Act Passes House Natural Resources Committee

Friday, June 30th, 2017 | Posted by Thom Kay | 3 Comments

The RECLAIM Act would accelerate the cleanup of abandoned mines while spurring economic opportunities in coal communities. [ More ]

County commissioners pass resolutions to support energy efficiency

Friday, June 30th, 2017 | Posted by Lauren Essick | No Comments

Buncombe County, N.C. passed a resolution encouraging the local electric cooperative to develop a program that would help thousands of people in the area afford home energy efficiency improvements. [ More ]

USFS to hold open houses on North Carolina Forest Plan revisions

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

This summer, the U.S. Forest Service will host a series of open houses in western North Carolina as part of its 15-year planning process for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. [ More ]

New renewable energy options for French Broad co-op members

Monday, June 19th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Today's guest blogger Alex Arnold focuses on a new policy from French Broad electric co-op in western North Carolina that promotes residential renewable energy generation, including solar energy [ More ]

Citizens discuss environmental threats and economic priorities during Congressman’s visit

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

People from coal-impacted communities across Central Appalachia recently gathered in Wise County, Va., to share their concerns and ideas with U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva. [ More ]

All the ways this White House props up coal

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 2 Comments

The coal lobby’s influence over the White House is a given at this point — as is the White House’s willingness to put its finger on the scale in favor of our dirtiest, most carbon-packed energy sources. [ More ]