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

“Environmentalist” Tom Clarke abandons mines in West Virginia

Friday, April 3rd, 2020 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

With the failure of coal operator ERP's unconventional scheme, West Virginia must contend with the company's environmental violations and mines in need of cleanup. [ More ]

Companies play hot potato with unreclaimed Blackjewel mines

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Virginia regulators, a surety insurance company, and two coal companies are playing hot potato with 22 of bankrupt Blackjewel’s coal permits — and none of them want to be left with the responsibility of reclaiming the sites. [ More ]

Utilities must suspend service disconnections and waive late fees

Monday, March 30th, 2020 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They should not have to worry about having their power or water turned off as a result. [ More ]

Black lung service providers shift in the face of COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

As coal miners with black lung disease have a heightened risk of complications from coronavirus, black lung healthcare providers work to respond to the global pandemic. [ More ]

Finally, Virginia lawmakers heed public’s call for clean energy

Friday, March 20th, 2020 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

After years of advocacy by Appalachian Voices and many others, the Virginia legislature 2020 session produced bold measures that will move us toward a cleaner, more equitable energy economy -- but there is work left to do. [ More ]

NC should order “no shut offs” for all utilities during pandemic

Friday, March 20th, 2020 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

Appalachian Voices and other groups are calling on North Carolina leaders to order no shut-offs of electricity, water and other critical public services during Coronavirus emergency. [ More ]

Justice family mines pose massive threat to Virginia reclamation fund

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

Satellite photos taken years apart reveal that little reclamation has taken place at several Virginia mines owned by the family of billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. [ More ]

A movement towards High Country energy democracy

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

More than 150 people gathered in February to discuss what their local energy utilities should be doing to address the climate crisis and create renewable energy jobs in the NC High Country. Transparency from our utilities and participation in decision-making is even more important as we face the current pandemic. [ More ]

A message from Appalachian Voices regarding COVID-19

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

As we adapt to this evolving situation, we will continue to work for ecological health, environmental justice and clean energy for all. [ More ]

Virginia issues new enforcement actions for Justice family mine violations

Thursday, March 5th, 2020 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Mining companies owned by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and his family have chronically violated environmental standards and failed to pay fines and fees. Virginia regulators recently issued notices of mine permit revocation and bond forfeiture for two of the family's companies. [ More ]

Federal negligence allowed coal companies to shrug off their responsibility for black lung benefits

Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

For decades, coal companies ignored a federal requirement to provide enough funds for black lung benefits — and the government let them. [ More ]

Saving Appalachian streams for crayfish and communities

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Two imperiled crayfish will have more protected habitat in Appalachian streams if a plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is approved. The agency is taking public comment now. [ More ]