A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Dan Radmacher


Fracked and Overwhelmed

fracking site

As fracking and related infrastructure expand, so does the industry’s impacts on local residents.

Water Systems: The Invisible Infrastructure

Mason jars with yellow tap water

Most Americans don’t think twice about the ability to turn on a tap and have clean, safe water pour out. “Water is something we take for granted,” says Glenn Barnes, associate director of the Environmental Finance Center at the University

Mountain Wind

Simulated Rocky Forge Wind Project

While the Southeast currently has the least amount of installed wind energy in the United States, Virginia could soon see its first wind farm.

Youth Build Turbines for KidWind Challenge

A High School Team Presents Turbine Design

Groups of kids all over the nation gather to see who can design and build the best wind turbine. Southwest Virginia’s Off the Grid team won nationals earlier this year.

A DIY Approach to Wind Energy

Roger Beale's Control Room

Roger Beale built a wind turbine in his own Virginia backyard. Now, he’s passing on that information to kids competing in national turbine design competitions.

Former Coal Company Town Integrates Energy Efficiency and Solar

By Dan Radmacher Powering a coal museum with solar panels is the kind of news story that attracts attention, as the city of Benham, Ky., discovered. “It’s put us on the map internationally,” says former Benham Power Board chairman Roy

Severe Black Lung Disease Makes A Deadly Resurgence

lung with progressive massive fibrosis

Diagnoses of the most severe form of black lung disease, known as progressive massive fibrosis, are on the rise in Appalachia. The causes of this deadly trend aren’t entirely clear, though it may be linked to the silica rock dust associated with thinner layers of coal.