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

Protect our communities. Stop the MVP Southgate fracked-gas pipeline

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

The developers behind the Mountain Valley Pipeline will host meetings on June 25-28 to get local feedback in some of the communities the 72-mile proposed MVP Southgate extension would traverse. [ More ]

Duke Energy’s grid modernization pilot still shortchanges ratepayers

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

Appalachian Voices and our allies are raising concerns related to the process and substance behind Duke Energy's grid modernization pilot. [ More ]

Rising resistance to pipelines

Friday, June 8th, 2018 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 4 Comments

Resistance to the fracked-gas Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines is growing, crossing all sorts of divides. Government agencies and officials supporting the projects are on the wrong side of history. [ More ]

History, health at stake in Buckingham County

Monday, June 4th, 2018 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

The omissions and errors in the permitting process for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline regarding an African-American community in central Virginia amounts to racism. A state panel on environmental justice calls for a new process. [ More ]

Finalists announced in N.C. “Home Energy Makeover Contest”

Thursday, May 31st, 2018 | Posted by Becca Bauer | No Comments

We are delighted to announce the five finalists in our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest, who all received a free energy audit on their home. The grand prize winner will be announced soon. [ More ]

New TVA rate structure likely to harm low-income families

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | 1 Comment

TVA's new "Grid Access Charge" will reduce both local power companies' and end users’ ability to control their monthly energy costs. [ More ]

Federal and N.C. coal ash rules under attack

Friday, May 18th, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 6 Comments

As the state reviews changes to coal ash policy, EPA head Scott Pruitt is looking to help utilities' bottom line by dramatically weakening federal safeguards on the toxic substance. [ More ]

Public events at the Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

The public is invited to a public art reception and an expert panel discussion in conjunction with the upcoming Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg this June. Check it out! [ More ]

FloydFest for the WIN!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Become a member of Appalachian Voices before May 31, and be entered to win two 4-day tickets to FloydFest. It's Membership for the Win! [ More ]

Beyond power: Electric cooperatives can provide more than just electricity to meet rural needs

Friday, May 11th, 2018 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

Rural electric cooperatives' legacy of rural economic development uniquely positions them to go beyond energy and find innovative solutions to challenges facing rural communities. [ More ]

Tennessee legislature weakens coal mining oversight

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 1 Comment

If Gov. Haslam allows the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee to become law, it will erode community protections and become an unnecessary burden on Tennessee taxpayers. [ More ]

Federal spending bill: Some good, and bad news for Appalachia

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

Congress included funding for several programs important for Appalachian communities, but failed to include the critical RECLAIM Act. [ More ]