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



Virginians For Justice: Progress Not Pipelines!

Friday, May 24th, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Several hundred people from across Virginia turned out for a weekend of solidarity for environmental justice and climate action and to call for a halt to expanding fracked-gas infrastructure anywhere in the state. [ More ]


RECLAIM Act back in Congress

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

The bill to expedite spending of $1 billion in coal-impacted communities to repurpose old mine sites for new economic projects has been reintroduced into Congress with bipartisan support. [ More ]


Banning fracking worldwide

Friday, April 5th, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

An international tribunal on human rights, fracking and climate change is calling for a worldwide ban on fracking. The community of Union Hill, Va., helped play a role in this historic occasion. [ More ]


Buckingham rises up with visit from Rev. Barber, Al Gore

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Civil rights and climate activists Rev. William Barber and former Vice President Al Gore drew more than 1,000 people to a town hall meeting in Buckingham, Va., to highlight the environmental racism of the proposed frack-gas compressor station in the African-American community of Union Hill. [ More ]


100 sign letter to Va. air board to reject frack-gas facility in African-American community

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Environmental justice advocates Karenna Gore, Mustafa Santiago Ali, Don Cheadle and Ed Begley, Jr. were among the 100 people who signed a letter to Va. regulators urging a denial of huge compressor station in the largely African-American community of Union Hill. [ 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 ]


20 years of action, innovation and collaboration

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Appalachian Voices is celebrating two decades of bringing people together to stand up for the mountains, for clean rivers and drinking water, for farms, forests and wildlife, and for healthy communities across the Appalachian region. [ More ]


D.C. sends a ray of hope to Southwest Virginia

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

Through the dark clouds of the Trump administration’s agenda for rolling back or killing off programs critical to the health of Appalachian communities and the environment, a bright spot has emerged -- $10 million for repurposing old coal mines in Southwest Virginia for new economic opportunities. [ More ]


Atlantic Coast Pipeline is far from a done deal

Friday, April 28th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

In a classic “fake news” move, Dominion Resources execs held a tele-press conference yesterday where they basically said the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a done deal. But at least 25,000 people across W.Va., Va. and N.C. are demanding answers, such as: Is this pipeline even needed? [ More ]


Standing up for the Stream Protection Rule

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Countless citizens have worked for years to push for a federal rule that would help safeguard drinking water sources and surface waters in coal-impacted communities. It finally goes into effect today, but Congress and the incoming administration have vowed to kill it. Appalachian Voices, in alliance with others, is standing up to defend the Stream Protection Rule. [ More ]


Aww shucks, y’all …. thanks!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

We're doing a little victory dance today! Blue Ridge Outdoors' readers voted Appalachian Voices the Best Environmental Organization in 2016. Aww shucks -- thanks everyone. We're committed to living up to the honor in 2017, and beyond. [ More ]


Atlantic Coast Pipeline environmental review falls short

Monday, January 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its draft environmental review of the $5 billion Atlantic Coast pipeline last Friday. Unfortunately, the agency ignored evidence that the proposed 600-mile pipeline, spearheaded by Dominion Resources, is not needed and puts lives, communities, drinking water and the climate at unacceptable risk. [ More ]