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



Good – and not-so-good – mine reclamation projects

Friday, March 8th, 2019 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Congress has funded "pilot" projects to repurpose old coal sites in Appalachia for three years; the results show a clear need for a strong RECLAIM Act grounded in community-driven goals and environmental cleanup. [ More ]


Community resists proposed strip mine in Ohio State Forest

Monday, February 18th, 2019 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

The grassroots group Friends of Perry State Forest formed to fight a proposed 550-acre strip mine in Southeast Ohio's Perry State Forest. A key public meeting is set for Feb. 26. [ More ]


Underground mine blowout causes flood, property damage in Virginia

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Accumulated water bursting out of one of CM Mining, LLC’s operations in Hurley, VA, causes flooding and property damage in nearby neighborhood. [ More ]


Cuts to funding for black lung benefits

Friday, January 25th, 2019 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

Despite significant grassroots pressure, an excise tax that pays into a healthcare and disability fund for miners with black lung was slashed in half. The lack of action by Congress amounts to a tax break for coal companies while putting benefits for former miners and their families at risk. [ More ]


Southwest Virginia group challenges surface mine proposed near UVA-Wise

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

The mining company’s executive is the former head of the corporation responsible for the 2004 mining accident that killed 3-year-old Jeremy Davidson. [ More ]


Black lung survivors take their case to Congress

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Residents of Southwest Virginia went to Washington, D.C., to tell Congress about the plight of their neighbors, friends, family members and other coal miners with black lung disease. [ 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 ]


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 ]


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 ]


Massive mountaintop removal mine threatens Clearfork Valley

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 4 Comments

The Clearfork Valley of Tennessee has been intensely surface-mined going back decades. Now, Kopper Glo Mining is moving forward with a nearly 1,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on nearby Cooper Ridge. [ More ]


Keeping the mountain in Coal River Mountain

Monday, July 31st, 2017 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

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 ]


Southwest Virginians speak out against Doe Branch Mine

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

“God gave us the water so we can stay clean, and so we can drink it. I don’t want poison in the water.” Those are the words of 6-year-old Levi Marney, spoken to representatives of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy at a public meeting about the proposed Doe Branch mountaintop removal mine in Haysi. [ More ]