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

Bringing energy democracy to Virginia

Monday, November 4th, 2019 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

A series of presentations and workshops on energy democracy is beginning in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Read more about three events we're holding in November — we hope to see you there! [ More ]

Wins for opponents of fracked-gas pipelines

Friday, November 1st, 2019 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Catch up on the latest news in the fight against dangerous fracked-gas pipelines. [ More ]

19 old coal sites identified for innovative development projects

Thursday, October 31st, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Appalachian communities are exploring ways to attract new businesses, pull families out of poverty and strengthen skilled workforces. A primary focus is to redevelop old, unused coal sites. [ More ]

Touring solar successes in Southwest Virginia

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 | Posted by Austin Counts | No Comments

Residents from across the region toured solar installations in Abingdon and Wise County, Va., to learn more about solar development, financing options and more. [ More ]

Dante: A beacon of hope for Southwest Virginia

Friday, October 25th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The small community of Dante is bringing big dreams into action. Appalachian Voices volunteer Sara Lamb shares highlights of the Dante Community Association's work and reflects on what this progress means for Southwest Virginia. [ More ]

In memoriam: April Pierson-Keating

Thursday, October 17th, 2019 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Appalachia mourns the passing of a fierce defender of the environment whose commitment to lifting up the voices of her West Virginia community will continue to grow the pipeline resistance movement well into the future. [ More ]

Appalachian Voices receives grant for solar in Southwest Virginia

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Appalachian Voices has received a federal grant to help further the mission of the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia to develop the region as a hub for the solar industry, creating jobs and community wealth. [ More ]

Tennessee “Energy Democracy Tour” gathers community input

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

The Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Tour will hold its final stop in Claxton, Tenn., on Oct. 21. At more than 10 tour stops, community members discussed the impacts of TVA's energy system and shared their visions for the future. [ More ]

October is Solar Month in Southwest Virginia!

Friday, September 13th, 2019 | Posted by Tyler Hughes | No Comments

In October, residents in Southwest Virginia will have the chance to tour some of the region’s solar energy installations. Solar organizations are teaming up to showcase solar energy systems across the region as part of the 24th Annual National Solar Tour. [ More ]

Say “no” to Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension

Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The same company that has wracked up hundreds of water quality violations building the Mountain Valley Pipeline wants to extend the pipeline another 70 miles. A public comment period is open now. [ More ]

A decision point for abandoned coal mines

Friday, September 6th, 2019 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

An accurate inventory of abandoned coal mine lands is imperative for understanding the scope of the problem, where funding needs to be directed, and how much funding is necessary. [ More ]

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 ]