A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Kentucky Agency and Conservationists Fight Proposed Gas Pipeline

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest are fighting a proposed Louisville Gas & Electric natural gas pipeline that would cut through the protected woodland.

Rate Hike Provision Backed by Duke Energy Fails to Pass NC Legislature

The North Carolina General Assembly removed a controversial provision from a ratemaking bill that would have allowed Duke Energy to enact multi-year rate hikes.

Bankruptcies Shake Coal Industry

Murray Energy filed for bankruptcy in October, the latest of eight coal bankruptcies in 2019. Legal disputes regarding the summer Blackjewel bankruptcy continue.

EPA Proposes Weakening Rules for Coal Ash and Related Pollutants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to roll back pollution limits for coal-fired power plants pending public comment.

Bills Support Miners’ Pensions, Black Lung Benefits

A Senate bill would help fund miners’ pensions, including those affected by recent bankruptcies. In the House, a bill would re-instate a historic tax on coal companies to fund healthcare for miners with black lung disease.

Feds Propose Transporting Liquified Natural Gas on Rails

Federal regulators proposed a rule in October that would allow the transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail without any new safety regulations or testing.

New Federal Pipeline Safety Rules Attract Criticism

Federal regulators announced new pipeline safety rules in September, but pipeline opponents argue the updated rules are not strong enough.

West Virginia Fossil Fuel Severance Tax Impacts State Budget

Lower-than-expected income from fossil fuel severance taxes is putting the West Virginia state budget in a bind. Some advocate for raising the severance tax rate on natural gas.

West Rim Loop Trail

Cloudland Canyon

A hike through Cloudland Canyon State Park reveals spectacular views of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

Achieving Clean Energy Goals: A Note From Our Executive Director

Appalachian Voices’ Executive Director Tom Cormons speaks on overcoming barriers to clean energy in our region.