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

Coal slurry spill in West Virginia linked to Alpha Natural Resources affiliate

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

A coal slurry spill on March 23, 2017, leaked approximately 5,400 gallons of coal slurry into Crooked Run, a tributary of the Coal River. The processing plant in Boone County, W.Va., where the spill originated is affiliated with Alpha Natural Resources. [ More ]

Cutting carbon pollution in Virginia: Governor McAuliffe should finish what he started

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

In his final year in office, Governor McAuliffe can cement a powerful legacy on climate and the economy by leading the way on environmental protection and climate action. [ More ]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposal raises questions that beg for answers

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

West Virginia resident and guest blogger April Keating outlines some of the key concerns with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, including safety risk, runoff and pollution, increased fracking, costs to ratepayers and more. [ More ]

Students speak out against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline: Why collaborative resistance matters

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Guest bloggers Divest Appalachian members Cassidy Quillen and Olivia Nelson take a look at how the Atlantic Coast Pipeline touts an ideology of sustainability while profiting off of industries driving climate change. [ More ]

Get out the sunscreen: Solar is coming to Southwest Virginia

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 | Posted by Adam Wells | No Comments

The Southwest Virginia Solar Fair on May 9 in Wise, Va., will be a celebration of the upcoming solar development in Southwest Virginia and brings an emerging and exciting effort full circle. [ More ]

Two North Carolina counties make energy efficiency history

Saturday, March 25th, 2017 | Posted by Lauren Essick | No Comments

Two western North Carolina counties -- Yancey and Mitchell -- made energy efficiency history when they passed resolutions supporting development of an "on-bill financing" for their citizens by local utility French Broad Electric. [ More ]

Unnecessary and unwanted: Opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline grows

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

The public has taken every opportunity to tell FERC to reject the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. There’s still time to add your voice to the choir of people across the country urging FERC to reject the unnecessary and unwanted project. [ More ]

White House budget leaves Appalachia in the dust

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

The White House released its budget blueprint last week, and the proposal is nothing short of a disaster for Appalachia and rural communities across the country. Here's a look at a few agencies and programs the White House wants to completely eliminate if it had its way. [ More ]

Congress must act to protect coal miners’ benefits

Friday, March 10th, 2017 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

In a matter of weeks, health care benefits for thousands of retired union coal miners will run out. In just a matter of years, the entire United Mine Workers pension plan, which covers nearly 90,000 former coal miners and their widows, may become insolvent. [ More ]

FERC’s pipeline review process is broken

Monday, February 20th, 2017 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

It’s no secret: oil and gas pipelines have captured the nation’s attention, not to mention the new administration’s. But new research is refuting the industry's pro-pipeline arguments and even a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is calling for greater scrutiny of proposed natural gas infrastructure projects. [ More ]

Appalachia is blessed with abundant water — we should protect it

Monday, February 20th, 2017 | Posted by | No Comments

"One of the resources we are most blessed with here in Appalachia is fresh drinking water of the highest quality," writes Mackay Pierce in defense of the Stream Protection Rule, which was recently thrown out by Congress and President Trump. "We should be taking every possible measure that we can to protect it." [ More ]

Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA

Friday, February 17th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

As expected, the Senate has confirmed former Oklahoma attorney general and walking conflict of interest Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If President Trump still plans to cripple the EPA, as he repeatedly promised during his campaign, the man to lead that effort begins work on Monday. [ More ]