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.

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

people by sign

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

MVP Southgate Met with Staunch Resistance

signs in yard

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

people protesting

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.

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.

Elizabeth Ore and Peter Cowan

people by sign

Mountain Valley Pipeline’s Southgate extension would cut straight through this couple’s yard if approved, potentially damaging their well and septic tank.

Seneca Rogers

man by church

Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate’s original route would have plowed straight through the cemetery of Seneca Rogers’ church. Although they shifted the route, Rogers’ opposition to the pipeline is unchanged.

Marvin Winstead

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers first expressed interest in cutting through Marvin Winstead’s farm in 2014 — but he has managed to hold them at bay.

Neal Laferriere

erosion control pellets

Last September, Mountain Valley Pipeline contractors dropping anti-erosion pellets by air missed the site by a half-mile, pelting Neal Laferriere and his children and irreparably damaging their farm.

Legal Troubles Escalate for Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines

Construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline continues in places, despite continued legal challenges. Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction is halted in all three states as projected costs balloon and legal troubles escalate.