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

Bond forfeitures begin on bankrupt Blackjewel and Revelation mine permits

Thursday, September 5th, 2019 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

An unreclaimed coal mine has sent mud and debris onto a neighboring property. The mine is one of five Virginia permits owned by bankrupt Revelation Energy and Blackjewel that are now facing bond forfeiture, which means the state or the mines' insurance companies could take over the cleanup. [ More ]

Blackjewel’s black lung problem

Friday, August 30th, 2019 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Bankrupt coal company Blackjewel owes nearly $10 million in taxes to the fund that provides benefits to miners with black lung disease whose employer has gone bankrupt. [ More ]

Citizen scientists uncover water quality violations in Kentucky national forest

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

Citizen scientists discovered that acid mine drainage is causing a creek in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest to flow a bright orange, and they spurred state regulators to issue citations to the mine operators. But mining company Revelation Energy is in bankruptcy, which leaves big questions about who will clean up the mess — and when. [ More ]

Old Dominion Power rate proposal would harm Southwest Virginia communities

Monday, August 19th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Old Dominion Power is seeking a massive rate increase, which would increase average residential electricity bills by nearly $29 per month and make it more difficult for Southwest Virginia businesses and residents to access solar power. Now is your chance to speak up! [ More ]

Southwest Virginia’s natural resources present new opportunities and challenges

Thursday, August 15th, 2019 | Posted by Tyler Hughes | No Comments

Join us for a discussion on how we can leverage ecotourism into a burgeoning new economy for the region! [ More ]

Southwest Virginia takes powerful steps to advance solar energy

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

A big week for solar energy in Southwest Virginia includes celebrating eight communities for their advancements in solar and the announcement of a substantial grant to build a big solar project on a former mine site. [ More ]

Coal miners visit D.C. to urge Congress to act on Black Lung legislation

Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | Posted by The Appalachian Voice | No Comments

More than 150 coal miners or their widows and loved ones traveled to D.C. in July to call for action on black lung legislation. [ More ]

Over 100 Miners Heading to Washington to Advocate for Black Lung Benefits

Monday, July 22nd, 2019 | Posted by Tyler Hughes | No Comments

Over 100 miners from across the Appalachian region are traveling to Washington D.C. this week to lobby lawmakers on a number of issues related to black lung disease, a fatal respiratory condition caused by continuous exposure to harmful dust and rock particles in and around coal mines. [ More ]

Blackjewel’s bankruptcy looks like bad news for workers and mine cleanup

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

Appalachia's latest coal bankruptcy looks different than others — mines shut down immediately and paychecks were clawed back from employees' bank accounts. We take a look at what the Blackjewel and Revelation Energy bankruptcy could mean for mine land reclamation. [ More ]

Customer-owned utilities should be leaders on clean energy. Why do most of them fail to deliver?

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Clean energy expert Ivy Main looks at how a lack of transparency and democracy at many Virginia electric cooperatives is causing them to fall behind on renewable energy. Member-owners at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative are trying to change that. [ More ]

Mountain Valley Pipeline soils all in its path

Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Trained citizen monitors in Va. and W.Va. have documented hundreds of violations and possible violations from construction along the Mountain Valley Pipeline. They continue calling for an immediate stop-work order from regulators. [ More ]

What is Congress going to do about black lung’s resurgence?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In June, advocates for black lung healthcare testified before Congress and urged them to act on the deadly disease's resurgence. Donate today to help send coal miners with black lung to D.C. in July to fight for the healthcare they deserve! [ More ]