Energy Report

Environmental and cultural news from around the central and southern Appalachian region.



Three New Preserves Established on Pine Mountain in Eastern Kentucky

December 6, 2017 The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust purchased nearly 2,000 acres of Pine Mountain, Ky., for three new preserves in October.


Program Aims to Boost Virginia’s Bobwhite Quail

December 5, 2017 The U.S. Department of Agriculture's program to increase bobwhite quail populations is expected to benefit farmers.


Monsanto Herbicide Threatens Nearby Crops

December 5, 2017 Monsanto's dicamba spray can drift to other fields, damaging crops not manufactured by the company to be resistant to the herbicide.


Virginia Announces Cleanest Air in 20 Years

December 5, 2017 The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality states that levels of ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and particulate matter have all fallen.


New River Gorge Bridge Celebrates 40 Years

December 5, 2017 West Virginia's historic landmark turned 40 in October.


Weeklong Warehouse Fire Raised Air Quality Concerns

December 5, 2017 A warehouse storing plastics and unknown materials burned for roughly eight days in Parkersburg, W.Va.


Historic Eastern Kentucky Sites Added to National Register

October 11, 2017 Three Eastern Kentucky sites were added to the National Register of Historic Places in August.


Bringing Rural Areas Up to (Internet) Speed

October 11, 2017 A Tennessee electric cooperative and a Kentucky municipal utility are working to replace the outdated internet infrastructure in rural communities.


Chimney Tops 2 Fire Review Discussed

October 11, 2017 The U.S. National Park Service released a report detailing causes and contributing factors to last fall's deadly fire in the Great Smoky Mountains.


Green Bank Observatory Turns 60

October 11, 2017 A look back at six decades of scientific discoveries at the Green Bank Observatory.


New State Natural Areas Added In North Carolina

October 11, 2017 Bob's Pocket, a 2,900-acre expanse of forest in McDowell County, N.C., has become a state natural area along with two other natural areas in Eastern North Carolina.


Bald Eagle Population Soars in Kentucky

October 11, 2017 The Kentucky bald eagle population has doubled in the last seven years thanks to reintroduction programs, an increase in suitable habitats and the ban of the pesticide DDT.


Five Tennessee Counties Help State Reach Air Quality Standards

October 11, 2017 For the first time in 20 years, Knox, Anderson, Loudon, Blount and Roane counties in Tennessee have met federal air quality standards for particulate matter.


West Virginia Acquires Land for Newly Reintroduced Elk

August 22, 2017 The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is working to increase public land for reintroduced elk herds.


EPA Sampling for PCB Contamination

August 22, 2017 The EPA is sampling water and soil in Minden, W.Va., where it is suspected that harmful PCB chemicals may be causing high cancer rates in the area.