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



Environmental regulations didn’t cause coal’s decline — and rollbacks won’t save it.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 | Posted by Elizabeth E. Payne | No Comments

Despite his repeated promises to do so, President Trump is unlikely to revive the coal industry through federal policy, and CEOs of electric utilities and coal mining companies know it. [ More ]

Appalachian Voices marches for science

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 | Posted by Elizabeth E. Payne | No Comments

Despite chilly winds and rain, Appalachian Voices' staff members and volunteers spanned out across the region last weekend to "March for Science" with thousands of others in D.C., Charlottesville and Asheville. [ More ]

Mountaintop removal limited — not stopped — in Tennessee

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth E. Payne | No Comments

The Obama administration has approved a petition from Tennessee to designate some 75,000 acres of mountain ridges off limits for surface coal mining. The move protects mountain streams, wildlife habitat, scenic views and eco-tourism assets of the iconic Cumberland Plateau. But other mountains in Tennessee are still threatened with mountaintop removal mining. Take action today. [ More ]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline could face further delays

Friday, September 9th, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth E. Payne | No Comments

In a letter sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 1, the U.S. Forest Service voiced concerns that the proposed route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could threaten several streams in the George Washington National Forest. [ More ]