A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

States Tackle Environmental and Energy Issues

With state legislative sessions underway across Appalachia, here are some energy and environmental bills to keep an eye on.

Gov. Jim Justice’s Barren Mine Lands and Unpaid Taxes

Gov. Jim Justice

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made nearly $2 billion off Appalachia’s coalfields, but his family’s mines owe back taxes in multiple states. They have also accrued hundreds of environmental violations, and many idled mines are still unreclaimed.

People in the Path of Pipelines

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Residents along the path of major new and proposed interstate fracked-gas pipelines share their stories.

Pay-What-You-Can Cafes

man holding food

Appalachia’s donation-based cafes offer delicious, healthy food to diners and volunteers regardless of their ability to pay.

Rise of Interscholastic Mountain Biking

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The sport of mountain biking is taking off in schools across Appalachia.

MVP Southgate Met with Staunch Resistance

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Local governments, residents in the path of the pipeline, a state agency and more have spoken out against this proposed 73-mile extension of the fracked-gas Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Red Spruce Restoration Underway

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Conservationists across the region have teamed up to help restore the red spruce to its natural habitat after unsustainable logging practices in the early 1900s, coupled with wildfires, nearly wiped out the tree in Appalachia.

Virginia Approves Controversial Compressor Station

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The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board approved Dominion Energy’s air pollution permit for the Buckingham compressor station despite fervent local opposition — but community members say the fight isn’t over yet.

Exports and Bankruptcies Mark Volatile Year for Coal

Although Central Appalachian coal production has seen a slight rebound since 2016, it may be short-lived due to export and transportation costs. Additionally, two coal companies filed for bankruptcy last fall.

Katie Whitehead

woman next to pipeline marker

Katie Whitehead already has four pipelines running through her land – and Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate developers want to cut down three acres of her tree farm to add a fifth.