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



Reforming Virginia’s energy system continues

Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Virginia lawmakers took a critical step this session in keeping a proposal to end monopoly electric utilities under consideration for 2021. [ More ]


Beginning of the end of N.C.’s coal ash crisis

Friday, January 24th, 2020 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

North Carolinians have won a major victory with the announcement that Duke Energy would remove coal ash from its remaining sites. Appalachian Voices is proud to have worked side-by-side with the people who fought so hard, for so long to defend their communities. [ More ]


Local governments call for abandoned mine cleanup

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Local governments in Southwest Virginia and Pennsylvania are passing resolutions supporting cleanup of abandoned coal mines. A bill that would extend federal funding passed the House Natural Resources Committee last week. [ More ]


19 old coal sites identified for innovative development projects

Thursday, October 31st, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Appalachian communities are exploring ways to attract new businesses, pull families out of poverty and strengthen skilled workforces. A primary focus is to redevelop old, unused coal sites. [ More ]


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 ]