A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Kevin Ridder

Born in Arizona and raised in Tennessee, Kevin’s love of the mountains drove him to move even further east to Boone, N.C., where he serves as The Appalachian Voice's Associate Editor and a communications associate for the organization.

Pipelines Continue to Face Obstacles

pipeline protest

As the Mountain Valley Pipeline continues to cause problems and spark protests, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline faces new legal troubles.

Taking on TVA

Communities are resisting the Tennessee Valley Authority’s frequent cost increases and lack of transparency and clean energy.

Preserving Historic African-American Cemeteries

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Communities across the region are working to document and preserve historic African-American cemeteries to keep them from becoming lost to history.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Public Comment Period Begins

Church

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be accepting public comments on the 73-mile fracked-gas pipeline through Sept. 16, 2019.

TVA Refuses to Excavate One Coal Ash Pit, Will Dig Up Another

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The Tennessee Valley Authority does not plan to excavate coal ash at their Bull Run Fossil plant in Anderson County, Tenn., unlike the utility’s agreement to fully remove coal ash at the Gallatin Fossil Plant near Nashville, Tenn.

Welcome Josh and Tyler!

Appalachian Voices would like to welcome the two newest members of our team, Josh McClenney and Tyler Hughes!

The Appalachian African-American Cultural Center

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One couple’s mission to preserve community history in Southwest Virginia.

Pipeline Protesters Charged with Threats of Terrorism

Protest banners hanging on pipeline equipment

Two peaceful protesters of the Mountain Valley Pipeline were recently arrested and charged with threats of terrorism, a felony.

Pipeline Legal Disputes Escalate

Pipeline protestor holds sign that says, "What will the state do? How much is enough power and profit? We are watching you."

As residents in the path of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines call for investigation of potentially toxic pipeline coatings, federal and state officials loosen permitting regulations.

Contending with Contamination in Minden, W.Va.

Minden

Minden, W.Va., residents have been plagued with toxic PCBs for decades. Now the town is on the Superfund list and residents are once again calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to relocate the entire community.