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

Neighbors angered by latest coal ash news about Duke Energy

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

The latest news over Duke Energy's handling of the coal ash crisis in North Carolina has many impacted citizens worried - but perhaps not shocked at the utility's ongoing duplicity on the issue. [ More ]

Boo! Should Duke Energy’s shift from electricity rates to mandatory fees scare us?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

In addition to the thousands of customers, NC's customer advocate has come out strongly against Duke Energy Progress's 14 percent rate hike. There's even more to the story when you dig in ... [ More ]

Upset residents say NO to Duke Energy rate hikes

Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Hundreds of upset electricity customers attended a series of hearings regarding a 16.7 percent rate hike proposed by Duke Energy Progress. Public comments will be taken through Nov. 19 [ More ]

Duke Energy wants to raise your power bill

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 | Posted by Nick Wood | No Comments

Duke Energy is asking the North Carolina Utilities Commission for approval to raise rates for its residential customers by more than 16 percent. But North Carolinians are already paying the cost for Duke Energy's mess. [ More ]

Gov. Cooper nominates new environmental secretary

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Michael Regan as the next secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. Regan pledged to develop greater transparency at the agency. That alone could signal a shift from the prior DEQ leadership’s approach to public engagement on environmental issues. [ More ]

Trouble is afoot in NC special session

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

After days of deflecting questions and refusing to explain their priorities for the “emergency session,” Republicans introduced a slew of bills that would make sweeping changes and dramatically shift the balance of power away from the governor. Take action to stop this blatant abuse of power. [ More ]

Hurricane Matthew flooding elevates coal ash concerns

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Earlier this month, North Carolina was devastated by the impacts of Hurricane Matthew. Flooding occurred across much of the state, with the hardest impacts felt in the east and among communities that are least able to bounce back from such a catastrophic event. While the flood waters are still receding, we are learning about the impacts left in their wake. [ More ]

Rebukes, a resignation and more reasons to worry about coal ash in NC

Thursday, August 11th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

Where does the war of words over coal ash health advisories leave North Carolinians with contaminated drinking water? Exactly where they were before: as distrustful of DEQ and DHHS as they are of their water’s safety. But in the battle between state employees and the McCrory administration, residents are clear on who they trust. [ More ]

New law puts coal ash progress in NC at risk

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 1 Comment

The rushed introduction, concurrence and signing of North Carolina House Bill 630 puts at risk many aspects of the progress that residents and environmental groups have made since the introduction of the Coal Ash Management Act in 2014. [ More ]

If I had a hammer…

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Lara Mack, our Virginia Field Organizer, helped organize last Saturday's "March on the Mansion" in Richmond to call for clean energy solutions over fracked-gas pipelines, toxic coal ash and climate impacts. She reflects on the legacy, captured in the timeless song, "If I had a hammer," on the power of citizens coming together to fight for social justice. [ More ]

A good idea is right under your nose

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Last summer, when Appalachian Voices' friend Caroline Armijo was pondering how to address the problem of coal ash pollution, she came across a few words of wisdom on the bottom of a coffee bag: “A good idea is right under your nose.” In this post that first appeared on her website, Caroline writes about a new technology that may offer a solution. [ More ]

An open letter to the North Carolina General Assembly

Monday, June 27th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

In an open letter addressed to North Carolina lawmakers by the Alliance of Carolinians Together (ACT) Against Coal Ash, citizens threatened by coal ash pollution call on decision makers to take urgent action to ensure coal ash is cleaned up and impacted communities have access to clean water. [ More ]