A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Erin Savage

While Erin prefers to be on rivers rather than at a desk, as our Central Appalachian Program Manager she devotes a lot of time delving through data to make it meaningful to others who care about the health of our waterways.

Blackjewel and Revelation Energy Coal Bankruptcy Raises Concerns for Workers and Mine Cleanup

tents near train tracks

Two coal company bankruptcies in July resulted in retroactively withdrawn paychecks from coal miners and an unclear future for roughly 13,000 acres of unreclaimed mine land.

Paddling 101

kayak runs waterfall

Check out these tips for fun and safe river adventures.

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.

Groups File Lawsuit Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine in West Virginia

area at risk of mining, shown near adjacent mountaintop removal mine

Environmental groups claim in a federal lawsuit that Republic Energy is illegally operating a strip mine on Coal River Mountain by using a state permit that expired in 2011.

Tennessee Bill Would Change Mining Oversight

A bill that would change Tennessee’s status as the only active coal mining state that does not have state control of coal mine permitting and oversight has passed the state house and senate.

Slight Uptick in 2017 Coal Production and Jobs

Increased coal exports contributed to minor gains in the industry for the first three quarters of 2017.

West Virginia Governor Shows Allegiance to Coal

Jim Justice

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is pushing for federal coal subsidies, but his companies have also amassed millions in fines due to worker safety and environmental violations.

White House Halts Review of Mountaintop Removal Health Impacts

In August, the U.S. Dept. of the Interior ordered the National Academy of Sciences to halt a two-year review of the human health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining. The review’s budget was less than 1 percent of the department’s current grant spending.