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

Virginia’s Union Hill community continues fight for environmental justice

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Pipeline resisters were distraught - but, alas, not surprised - when Va. regulators OK'd a huge fracked-gas compressor station in historic Union Hill. But all vowed to continue the fight for environmental justice. [ More ]

One neighbor shares the devastating impact of Mountain Valley Pipeline construction on her animals and family

Thursday, January 17th, 2019 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Arietta Ann DuPre's land and her neighbor’s land in Wayside, W.Va., serves as a home for rescued horses and other animals – and in early 2018, Mountain Valley Pipeline developers cut her horses' pasture land in two. [ More ]

Virginians brace for the fallout from Westmoreland Coal’s bankruptcy

Friday, January 11th, 2019 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

Westmoreland Coal's bankruptcy puts health benefits for 500 Virginians and pensions for 7,000 former Virginia miners in jeopardy. A bill proposed in the Senate would protect these benefits — and also shore up the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. [ More ]

Westmoreland Coal’s Appalachian connection

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

In October 2018, the oldest coal company in the United States filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While now largely operating in the western United States, Westmoreland has many ties to Southwest Virginia. [ More ]

100 sign letter to Va. air board to reject frack-gas facility in African-American community

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Environmental justice advocates Karenna Gore, Mustafa Santiago Ali, Don Cheadle and Ed Begley, Jr. were among the 100 people who signed a letter to Va. regulators urging a denial of huge compressor station in the largely African-American community of Union Hill. [ More ]

Central Appalachia’s newest coal boss facing bankruptcies

Monday, December 10th, 2018 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

Virginia businessman Tom Clarke's foray into the coal industry initially looked promising for addressing environmental and community problems. Now, however, his business model is looking questionable. [ More ]

Virginia electric co-ops fight to keep doors closed to members

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | 2 Comments

Rural electric co-ops were set up as democratic institutions, but have increasingly become unresponsive to their customers, who are also owner-members. In Virginia, members of two co-ops are challenging the status quo. [ More ]

Coal industry sees bankruptcies and exports in volatile 2018

Monday, November 26th, 2018 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

Some coal companies appear to be banking on opportunities for short-term gain with metallurgical coal, but the metallurgical market can only prop up the industry for so long. [ More ]

Army Corps suspends stream crossing permit for entire Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Friday, November 23rd, 2018 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | 6 Comments

An essential permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was suspended on Wednesday, effectively shutting down work at more than 1,500 stream and wetland crossings along the fracked gas line's 600-mile route. [ More ]

Gov. Northam dismisses regulators who expressed concerns about pipelines

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | 1 Comment

In shocking move, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam dismissed three regulators from state permitting boards who had expressed concerns about the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. [ More ]

Blue Ridge Energy’s solar policies among the worst in Southeast

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 | Posted by Lauren Essick | No Comments

A new report shows that Blue Ride Energy has some of the worst solar policies in the Southeast. That's why we created a petition calling on Blue Ridge to support solar access and increase the cooperative's transparency with its member-owners. [ More ]

Revitalizing Ouachita: How One Electric Co-op is Moving Forward

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 2 Comments

Ouachita Electric Cooperative in Arkansas offers programs that make energy efficiency and high-speed internet accessible and affordable, and is using solar to help grow the local economy and save money. If Ouachita can do it, what's stopping other electric co-ops from following suit? [ More ]