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

Federal and N.C. coal ash rules under attack

Friday, May 18th, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 6 Comments

As the state reviews changes to coal ash policy, EPA head Scott Pruitt is looking to help utilities' bottom line by dramatically weakening federal safeguards on the toxic substance. [ More ]


Public events at the Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

The public is invited to a public art reception and an expert panel discussion in conjunction with the upcoming Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg this June. Check it out! [ More ]


FloydFest for the WIN!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Become a member of Appalachian Voices before May 31, and be entered to win two 4-day tickets to FloydFest. It's Membership for the Win! [ More ]


Beyond power: Electric cooperatives can provide more than just electricity to meet rural needs

Friday, May 11th, 2018 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

Rural electric cooperatives' legacy of rural economic development uniquely positions them to go beyond energy and find innovative solutions to challenges facing rural communities. [ More ]


Tennessee legislature weakens coal mining oversight

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 1 Comment

If Gov. Haslam allows the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee to become law, it will erode community protections and become an unnecessary burden on Tennessee taxpayers. [ More ]


Federal spending bill: Some good, and bad news for Appalachia

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

Congress included funding for several programs important for Appalachian communities, but failed to include the critical RECLAIM Act. [ More ]


Alpha Natural Resources wants to use Coal River Mountain as a tire dump

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

The case of Republic Energy makes it clear that the deck is still stacked in favor of the coal industry. But that has never dissuaded Coal River Mountain Watch from challenging the industry and the agencies that enable it. [ More ]


Holding pipeline profiteers accountable

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 1 Comment

The fossil fuel industry and monopoly utilities will not turn easily from their money-making course. We citizens must continue to hold them accountable. [ More ]


Coal River Mountain is not a dump

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Proposed revisions to the Collins Fork Permit do not meet any reclamation standards set forth to restore ecosystems, forests or garner resources for the community. [ More ]


A bigger prize for our N.C. home energy contest!

Friday, April 6th, 2018 | Posted by Becca Bauer | No Comments

We're increasing the amount of our grand prize for our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest for even more impact. [ More ]


Small Alabama town struggles for environmental justice

Friday, March 30th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Our friends down in Alabama, the Black Belt Citizens for Health and Justice, have hit a setback in their fight for environmental justice and could use support. [ More ]


A watershed moment in Virginia’s energy politics

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

A groundswell of citizen pressure and efforts by Appalachian Voices and other groups on Dominion's rate bill disrupted "business as usual" in this year's Virginia General Assembly. [ More ]