The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia

Neighbors angered by latest coal ash news about Duke Energy

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

The latest news over Duke Energy's handling of the coal ash crisis in North Carolina has many impacted citizens worried - but perhaps not shocked at the utility's ongoing duplicity on the issue. [ More ]

Trump’s war on reality

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

To revive coal and ignore climate change, the White House must wage war on reality itself. [ More ]

Boo! Should Duke Energy’s shift from electricity rates to mandatory fees scare us?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

In addition to the thousands of customers, NC's customer advocate has come out strongly against Duke Energy Progress's 14 percent rate hike. There's even more to the story when you dig in ... [ More ]

A people’s tribunal on environmental justice impacts of fracked gas

Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

Lakshmi Fjord, property owner in Buckingham County, Va., where a giant compressor station would be built, talks about the ongoing effort to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the people coming together to fight it. [ More ]

Upset residents say NO to Duke Energy rate hikes

Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Hundreds of upset electricity customers attended a series of hearings regarding a 16.7 percent rate hike proposed by Duke Energy Progress. Public comments will be taken through Nov. 19 [ More ]

Defending community rights to clean water enforcement

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 | Posted by Matt Hepler | 1 Comment

After four years of effort, a favorable ruling in Virginia this month confirmed the rights of citizens to participate in coal mine inspections. [ More ]

A historic step backward

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

The Clean Power Plan represented a historic if modest step toward curbing carbon pollution and accelerating the transition to cleaner energy nationwide. Repealing the rule is a historic step backward. [ More ]

The National Mining Association doesn’t speak for coal communities

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

The National Mining Association shrugged when a review of research linking mountaintop removal to human health impacts was halted. But the NMA does not speak for coal communities. [ More ]

The Land Matrix, Part 1: Stakeholders

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 | Posted by Terran Young | 6 Comments

The first installment in our new series, The Land Matrix, begins our look at land ownership in Appalachia and how it impacts efforts to diversify the region’s economy. [ More ]

Massive mountaintop removal mine threatens Clearfork Valley

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 4 Comments

The Clearfork Valley of Tennessee has been intensely surface-mined going back decades. Now, Kopper Glo Mining is moving forward with a nearly 1,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on nearby Cooper Ridge. [ More ]

Duke Energy wants to raise your power bill

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 | Posted by Nick Wood | No Comments

Duke Energy is asking the North Carolina Utilities Commission for approval to raise rates for its residential customers by more than 16 percent. But North Carolinians are already paying the cost for Duke Energy's mess. [ More ]

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice fights for coal — at any cost

Monday, September 11th, 2017 | Posted by Erin Savage | 1 Comment

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice clearly favors Central Appalachian coal — it’s largely how he made his fortune after all. It's less clear whether Justice is thinking about Central Appalachian people or the future of the region. [ More ]