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

A roadmap to boosting solar in Southwest Virginia

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 | Posted by Lydia Graves | No Comments

Last week, the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia released an outline for bringing a just, sustainable energy economy to the coalfield region. [ More ]


More water pollution from the Kingston coal plant?

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

This week, Tennessee officials are reviewing the renewal of a water discharge permit for Kingston, Tenn. coal-fired power plant that spilled 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash in 2008 — but the new draft permit makes no improvements toward protecting public waters. [ More ]


Virginia Water Board to decide on fracked-gas pipelines

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 | Posted by Lara Mack | 1 Comment

This week and next, the Virginia State Water Control Board will decide whether to allow pipeline companies to build the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Show up to add your comment and show opposition to these senseless projects! [ More ]


EPA holds lone hearing on Clean Power Plan repeal

Friday, December 1st, 2017 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 15 Comments

By holding only one public hearing for the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, Scott Pruitt is once again working against the EPA's mission of protecting human health and the environment. [ More ]


Neighbors angered by latest coal ash news about Duke Energy

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 2 Comments

The latest news over Duke Energy's handling of the coal ash crisis in North Carolina has many impacted citizens worried - but perhaps not shocked at the utility's ongoing duplicity on the issue. [ More ]


Trump’s war on reality

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

To revive coal and ignore climate change, the White House must wage war on reality itself. [ More ]


Boo! Should Duke Energy’s shift from electricity rates to mandatory fees scare us?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

In addition to the thousands of customers, NC's customer advocate has come out strongly against Duke Energy Progress's 14 percent rate hike. There's even more to the story when you dig in ... [ More ]


A people’s tribunal on environmental justice impacts of fracked gas

Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

Lakshmi Fjord, property owner in Buckingham County, Va., where a giant compressor station would be built, talks about the ongoing effort to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the people coming together to fight it. [ More ]


Upset residents say NO to Duke Energy rate hikes

Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Hundreds of upset electricity customers attended a series of hearings regarding a 16.7 percent rate hike proposed by Duke Energy Progress. Public comments will be taken through Nov. 19 [ More ]


Defending community rights to clean water enforcement

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 | Posted by Matt Hepler | 1 Comment

After four years of effort, a favorable ruling in Virginia this month confirmed the rights of citizens to participate in coal mine inspections. [ More ]


A historic step backward

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

The Clean Power Plan represented a historic if modest step toward curbing carbon pollution and accelerating the transition to cleaner energy nationwide. Repealing the rule is a historic step backward. [ More ]


The National Mining Association doesn’t speak for coal communities

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

The National Mining Association shrugged when a review of research linking mountaintop removal to human health impacts was halted. But the NMA does not speak for coal communities. [ More ]