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

Bankrupt Westmoreland Coal granted permission to sever worker agreements

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge ruled that Westmoreland Coal Company can back out of its collective bargaining agreements with current workers and retirees as soon as Feb. 28, putting pensions and health benefits for thousands of people at risk. [ More ]

Takeaways from the TVA quarterly meeting

Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | Posted by Lesley Garrett | No Comments

Increased public participation but continued gaps in transparency marked TVA's recent quarterly meeting, which included a vote to close two of the utility's coal plants. [ More ]

It’s time for energy justice in North Carolina

Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | No Comments

Residents and organizations joined in Raleigh, N.C., to launch the Energy Justice North Carolina: End the Duke Monopoly coalition to promote energy choice and end monopoly control of the state's utility structure. [ More ]

Buckingham rises up with visit from Rev. Barber, Al Gore

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Civil rights and climate activists Rev. William Barber and former Vice President Al Gore drew more than 1,000 people to a town hall meeting in Buckingham, Va., to highlight the environmental racism of the proposed frack-gas compressor station in the African-American community of Union Hill. [ More ]

Community resists proposed strip mine in Ohio State Forest

Monday, February 18th, 2019 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

The grassroots group Friends of Perry State Forest formed to fight a proposed 550-acre strip mine in Southeast Ohio's Perry State Forest. A key public meeting is set for Feb. 26. [ More ]

Underground mine blowout causes flood, property damage in Virginia

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Accumulated water bursting out of one of CM Mining, LLC’s operations in Hurley, VA, causes flooding and property damage in nearby neighborhood. [ More ]

Five years after Dan River: Coal ash in N.C.

Monday, February 11th, 2019 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

The Dan River coal ash spill sparked a flurry of coal ash cleanup legislation, public hearings, community meetings and more across North Carolina. But where does coal ash stand in the state now? [ More ]

In Tennessee, electric bill fees hurt customers

Thursday, January 31st, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

As Tennessee electric utilities seek to maintain profits, they are are increasing fixed fees on customer electric bills, regardless of how much electricity they use. That's patently unfair, especially for lower-income people. [ More ]

Cuts to funding for black lung benefits

Friday, January 25th, 2019 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

Despite significant grassroots pressure, an excise tax that pays into a healthcare and disability fund for miners with black lung was slashed in half. The lack of action by Congress amounts to a tax break for coal companies while putting benefits for former miners and their families at risk. [ More ]

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 ]