No need for more fracked-gas pipelines

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

There is a widespread assumption that natural gas infrastructure -- like the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline -- would only be built if they were necessary. This assumption is not supported by the facts, as outlined here in a guest blog from a leading energy analyst. [ More ]

The Energy Savings for Appalachia program is expanding: Part 1

Monday, April 25th, 2016 | Posted by Eliza Laubach | No Comments

After achieving success in the North Carolina High Country, we are expanding the Energy Savings for Appalachia campaign to the service territory of the French Broad Electric Membership Corporation. [ More ]

How coal ash impacts civil rights

Monday, April 18th, 2016 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | 1 Comment

Residents of Walnut Cove, N.C., have fought for years to win justice for community members who have been harmed by coal ash pollution at the nearby Belews Creek power plant. In response to the interest in the threats posed by coal ash expressed by the North Carolina Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Walnut Cove community showed up in a big way. [ More ]

Peabody Energy joins coal bankruptcy club

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

While the company no longer operates in Central Appalachia, the story of Peabody Energy’s downfall is similar to those of major producers in the region, where coal mining communities have plenty of first-hand experience with what happens next. [ More ]

Another step toward clean water in Southwest Virginia

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 | Posted by Erin Savage | 1 Comment

Through a settlement with Penn Virginia Operating Company, a large landholding company, and A&G Coal Corp., a Jim Justice-owned company, several sources of the toxic pollutant selenium in Wise County, Va., will be cleaned up. [ More ]

Homeowners near mine struggle with blasting damage

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

From The Appalachian Voice: Karen and Jerry Kirk live in a home that they believe was damaged during blasting for a nearby surface coal mine. Despite years of frustration, they have been unable to get compensation for the damage to their property. [ More ]

What happened on Pine Creek?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 | Posted by Tarence Ray | 2 Comments

A lot of folks have had questions about last month's mine blowout on Pine Creek, in Letcher County, Ky. So we’ve put together an explainer that runs through the facts, the science and the regulatory protocols behind spills like this — and offers tips on what you can do about them. [ More ]

Don Blankenship sentence “historic,” but not enough

Friday, April 8th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

The coverage of Blankenship’s sentence should shift the public’s focus to the leniency and lacking enforcement of our mine safety laws. Since few observers outside of Blankenship’s defense team and the “Dark Lord of Coal Country” himself would argue the punishment fits his crime, the question then becomes: what punishment would? [ More ]

From inside Appalachia, a look at WGN’s “Outsiders”

Friday, April 8th, 2016 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 10 Comments

Exclusive to the Front Porch: WGN's television series "Outsiders" doesn't leave a single stereotype of Appalachia unturned. In this essay exclusive to the Front Porch Blog, award-winning author Ron Rash reflects on how stereotypes cloak harms much more profound than cultural misperceptions: "The region is diverse, and many areas are doing well, but for those that are not, might a show focused on “retard hillbilly animals” make it easier for America to ignore the region’s needs?" [ More ]

Sleeping giants: TVA and Georgia Power stuck in second gear on energy efficiency

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

While even the region’s top achievers have room for improvement, some of the largest utilities in the Southeast are seriously falling behind on energy efficiency. In particular, the Tennessee Valley Authority and Georgia Power are two enormously capable utilities that appear to be stuck in second gear. [ More ]

Renewing the promise of Appalachia

Friday, March 18th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 6 Comments

There’s more than wildflowers budding in Appalachia as spring comes to the mountains this year. We are witnessing the proliferation of efforts big and small to stabilize and revitalize local economies as the coal industry declines. And the conversations continue expanding outward, bringing together an increasingly broad cross-section of residents and stakeholders. [ More ]

Dominion open houses bring communities together

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

A pattern emerged during the recent trio of open house meetings hosted by Dominion on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Churchville, Hot Springs and Snowshoe, Va. Unfortunately, it was a pattern of misleading materials, unhelpful spokespeople and dubious facts. [ More ]


 

 

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