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

Appalachians testify in Congress to end mountaintop removal

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Residents of coal-impacted communities went to Washington, D.C., to share how strip mines have affected their lives and to support a moratorium on destructive strip mining. [ More ]

Virginia ignores risk, allows Atlantic Coast Pipeline work

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approved Clean Water Act permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, brushing off concerns from the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice. [ More ]

Federal fund for black lung healthcare in danger

Thursday, September 6th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 2 Comments

Our elected representatives need to step up and make sure coal companies pay their fair share toward healthcare for coal miners with black lung disease. [ More ]

MVP Southgate open houses held for three counties

Thursday, July 19th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 1 Comment

What Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, had to say at three open houses on their proposed Southgate extension into North Carolina, plus a quick look at the latest developments on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. [ More ]

Tennessee legislature weakens coal mining oversight

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 1 Comment

If Gov. Haslam allows the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee to become law, it will erode community protections and become an unnecessary burden on Tennessee taxpayers. [ 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 ]

Preparing for Monday’s Solar Eclipse

Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will occur over the United States for the first time in 38 years, and will be visible in parts of the southern Appalachian mountains. Here are some tips on how to see this fascinating celestial event. [ More ]