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

FERC halts construction of Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines

Monday, August 13th, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In the span of two weeks, federal court rulings exposed major flaws in the permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coat pipeline, bringing construction to a halt. [ More ]


New map shows more acreage disturbed per ton of coal mined now than 30 years ago

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | No Comments

Researchers from SkyTruth, Duke University, and Appalachian Voices recently released the first-ever peer-reviewed study of the year-by-year footprint of surface coal mining, including mountaintop removal mining, in Central Appalachia, and the results are sobering. [ More ]


The burden of rural home energy costs

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

Rural households spend 40% more of their income on energy costs than households in metropolitan areas, according to a new report. Our executive director explains how rural electric cooperatives could help families alleviate that burden through energy efficiency. [ More ]


MVP Southgate open houses held for three counties

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

What Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, had to say at three open houses on their proposed Southgate extension into North Carolina, plus a quick look at the latest developments on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. [ More ]


How can TVA claim to support energy efficiency and renewables even as they implement policies that discourage them?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 | Posted by Nina Levison | No Comments

TVA is using its already-obsolete 2020 Integrated Resource Plan as an opportunity to cut funding for energy-saving technologies that it claims are driving down revenue. [ More ]


Empowering citizens at the Water Justice Summit

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | 2 Comments

The recent Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg, Va., brought together citizens from Central Appalachia whose water is imperiled by coal mining, fracked gas pipelines and other industrial threats to strategize, learn skills and build affinity. [ More ]


Blue Ridge Energy: An uncooperative cooperative?

Friday, July 6th, 2018 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | 1 Comment

As a resident of the North Carolina High Country and a member of Blue Ridge Energy, Appalachian Voices' Rory McIlmoil believes the co-op can and must do better by its members. [ More ]


Home Energy Makeover Contest winner announced

Thursday, July 5th, 2018 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | 1 Comment

When Amy found her small cabin, it felt like home instantly. There was just one problem — in the winter it was bitterly cold despite all of her expensive efforts to heat it. [ More ]


Virginians urge regulators to reject “blanket” permit for pipelines

Thursday, June 28th, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The State Water Control Board received more than 13,000 public comments concerning a "blanket" federal permit granted to the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. [ More ]


Court suspends Mountain Valley Pipeline construction in W.Va.

Thursday, June 28th, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 1 Comment

In a landmark victory on June 21, the Virginia Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay for a permit the Mountain Valley Pipeline needs to build across West Virginia waterways. [ More ]


Energy Savings team block party

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Last Saturday the Energy Savings team met with community members in West Jefferson to discuss clean energy and gather comments for the upcoming Blue Ridge Energy annual membership meeting. [ More ]


Abandoned coal relics cleaned up with settlement funds

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

The sites of two abandoned coal tipples in Southwest Virginia were recently reclaimed thanks to settlement funds resulting from a water pollution lawsuit. [ More ]