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

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 ]


Alpha Natural Resources wants to use Coal River Mountain as a tire dump

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

The case of Republic Energy makes it clear that the deck is still stacked in favor of the coal industry. But that has never dissuaded Coal River Mountain Watch from challenging the industry and the agencies that enable it. [ More ]


Holding pipeline profiteers accountable

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 1 Comment

The fossil fuel industry and monopoly utilities will not turn easily from their money-making course. We citizens must continue to hold them accountable. [ More ]


Coal River Mountain is not a dump

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Proposed revisions to the Collins Fork Permit do not meet any reclamation standards set forth to restore ecosystems, forests or garner resources for the community. [ More ]


A bigger prize for our N.C. home energy contest!

Friday, April 6th, 2018 | Posted by Becca Bauer | No Comments

We're increasing the amount of our grand prize for our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest for even more impact. [ More ]


Small Alabama town struggles for environmental justice

Friday, March 30th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Our friends down in Alabama, the Black Belt Citizens for Health and Justice, have hit a setback in their fight for environmental justice and could use support. [ More ]


A watershed moment in Virginia’s energy politics

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

A groundswell of citizen pressure and efforts by Appalachian Voices and other groups on Dominion's rate bill disrupted "business as usual" in this year's Virginia General Assembly. [ More ]


EPA’s Pruitt leading a “war on America’s health”

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Adams | 4 Comments

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is on a roll -- rolling back key health and environmental protections from toxic pollution from coal-burning fossil fuel plants. [ More ]


Six lives a day: Energy efficiency could result in tremendous public health benefits

Friday, March 9th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

A recent report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy highlights why energy efficiency should be a key part of the conversation about public health. [ More ]


N.C. “Home Energy Makeover Contest” Redux

Friday, March 9th, 2018 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

We're launching our second High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest for residential members of Blue Ridge Energy (BRE) in North Carolina, with a grand-prize of $2,500 in home improvements. [ More ]


TVA’s “New Pricing Paradigm” is a bad deal for communities and clean energy

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

Appalachian Voices attended TVA's February board meeting to oppose rate reforms that would burden on low-income residents and thwart future investments in clean energy. [ More ]


Still on hold: Few answers on review of mountaintop removal health impacts

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 | Posted by Erin Savage | 3 Comments

More than a year into the Trump administration, a director for the Office of Surface Mining has yet to be confirmed. And it's unlikely that Trump's pro-coal pick will reinstate a review of the human health impacts of mountaintop removal. [ More ]