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

With your help, Virginia legislation can protect our water from pipelines

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

We’ve resisted the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines for more than three years. Now Virginia lawmakers need to hear our voices to ensure that legislation to better protect landowners and water resources from fracked-gas pipelines becomes law. [ More ]


Controversy in Va. mounts as Dominion bill nears a vote

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 | Posted by Kate Boyle | No Comments

Dominion Energy is at it again, using its political influence to push legislation that would weaken regulatory oversight and boost profits at the expense of its Virginia customers. But this time something is different. The corporate giant is being met with significant opposition. [ More ]


This time, our elected representatives must tell Dominion ‘No’

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

Dominion Energy’s impressive profits stem from its great success at shaping the state laws governing its activities. Now the company is back at the General Assembly asking for more special treatment with a legislative package that favors more profits at consumers expense in the long run. [ More ]


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 ]


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 ]


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 ]


White House halts review of mountaintop removal health impacts

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

The U.S. Department of the Interior ordered the National Academy of Sciences to halt its review of the links between mountaintop removal coal mining and human health impacts. [ More ]


Monogamous and territorial – my common traits with woodpeckers

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 2 Comments

Living in Virginia, it’s easy to take the Blue Ridge Mountains for granted. But if you pay attention, there’s a mystery to them that many don't appreciate -- including the companies who want to build natural gas pipelines through them. [ More ]


A summer of learning and organizing against pipelines

Thursday, July 27th, 2017 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

This is the last day of my internship with Appalachian Voices. But even though my formal time here is over, I plan to continue fighting for clean water. [ More ]


Virginia inches closer to a carbon market

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is developing a rule that could significantly limit carbon emissions from power plants in the commonwealth. Developing a carbon trading program would be a sound option. [ More ]


Citizens discuss environmental threats and economic priorities during Congressman’s visit

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

People from coal-impacted communities across Central Appalachia recently gathered in Wise County, Va., to share their concerns and ideas with U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva. [ More ]


Governor McAuliffe announces cap on carbon pollution in Virginia

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

In the face of a federal administration bent on rolling back key environmental protections and ignoring climate science, Governor McAuliffe took bold action Tuesday to limit greenhouse gas pollution in Virginia. [ More ]