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 Plagued by Lawsuits and Delays

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Construction remains halted on most of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s route and on some of the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s route due to a slew of legal issues.

Solar Projects Shine in Southwest Virginia

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Collaborative efforts to bring solar to businesses, homes, schools and an abandoned mine move forward.

A Quest to Protect At-Risk Bats

Virginia Big-Eared Bat

Researchers and conservationists found and saved the land where a colony of endangered Virginia big-eared bats roost.

Eastern Kentucky Community Groups Pursue Solar

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Four community-led organizations in Letcher County, Ky., plan to install solar arrays to combat rising electricity costs.

Building a Better Economy

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Communities across Appalachia are striving to build a more resilient and sustainable economy.

Duke and Dominion Energy’s Contributions to NC Legislature

The two monopoly utilities contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to North Carolina legislative campaigns in 2018.

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.

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.

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.