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



Dante: A beacon of hope for Southwest Virginia

Friday, October 25th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The small community of Dante is bringing big dreams into action. Appalachian Voices volunteer Sara Lamb shares highlights of the Dante Community Association's work and reflects on what this progress means for Southwest Virginia. [ More ]


Appalachian Voices receives grant for solar in Southwest Virginia

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Appalachian Voices has received a federal grant to help further the mission of the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia to develop the region as a hub for the solar industry, creating jobs and community wealth. [ More ]


Say “no” to Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension

Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The same company that has wracked up hundreds of water quality violations building the Mountain Valley Pipeline wants to extend the pipeline another 70 miles. A public comment period is open now. [ More ]


Mountain Valley Pipeline soils all in its path

Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Trained citizen monitors in Va. and W.Va. have documented hundreds of violations and possible violations from construction along the Mountain Valley Pipeline. They continue calling for an immediate stop-work order from regulators. [ More ]


What is Congress going to do about black lung’s resurgence?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In June, advocates for black lung healthcare testified before Congress and urged them to act on the deadly disease's resurgence. Donate today to help send coal miners with black lung to D.C. in July to fight for the healthcare they deserve! [ More ]


Trump administration backs down on closing job centers

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The Trump administration opted not to close down nine job centers that serve rural areas, including four in Appalachia, after widespread public backlash. [ More ]


Advocates for Appalachia in D.C. this week

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Meet Laura Miller, Jacob Hannah and Darrell Coker -- three Appalachians who traveled to D.C. this week to stand up for their communities and advocate for passage of the RECLAIM Act. [ More ]


As Duke Energy contests cleanup, new evidence points to coal ash risks

Monday, June 17th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

As Duke Energy appeals the state of North Carolina’s coal ash cleanup order, new information points to the severity of the problem and why coal ash excavation is needed. [ More ]


When “clean” energy isn’t

Thursday, June 13th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Once the planet's temperature rises 1.5 degrees Celsius due to global warming, "the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse polish off their martinis, look at each other, and say, ‘It’s go time.’” [ More ]


In Tennessee, electric bill fees hurt customers

Thursday, January 31st, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

As Tennessee electric utilities seek to maintain profits, they are are increasing fixed fees on customer electric bills, regardless of how much electricity they use. That's patently unfair, especially for lower-income people. [ More ]


Revitalizing Ouachita: How One Electric Co-op is Moving Forward

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 2 Comments

Ouachita Electric Cooperative in Arkansas offers programs that make energy efficiency and high-speed internet accessible and affordable, and is using solar to help grow the local economy and save money. If Ouachita can do it, what's stopping other electric co-ops from following suit? [ More ]


FERC halts construction of Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines

Monday, August 13th, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In the span of two weeks, federal court rulings exposed major flaws in the permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipeline, bringing construction to a halt. [ More ]