Energy Report

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



Whitewater Releases Approved for Hawks Nest Dam on New River

February 15, 2018 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission mandated whitewater releases at Hawks Nest Dam along with other changes to improve recreation and aquatic health for West Virginia's New River.


The Lilies Project Bridges Art, Activism and Community

February 15, 2018 The Lilies Project in Walnut Cove, N.C., aims to bring awareness to the health impacts of coal ash on the community.


Proposed Changes to WNC Hunting Seasons

February 15, 2018 The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission proposed changes to allow bear and deer hunting seasons to overlap and allow longer periods of hunting with guns.


McConnell Aide to be Tapped for Appalachian Post

February 15, 2018 President Trump intends to nominate Tim Thomas, a field representative on Sen. Mitch McConnell's staff, as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.


By the Numbers: New Public Lands

February 15, 2018 In late 2017 and early 2018, these parks gained new territory thanks to land trust organizations and other donors.


Debate Over ATV Access to West Virginia Wildlife Areas

February 15, 2018 A West Virginia hunting association hopes to change current state rules regarding the use of all-terrain vehicles in wildlife management areas.


Meadows Development in Abingdon Breaks Ground

February 15, 2018 Preliminary construction on a commercial center and public sports complex at a historic site in Abingdon, Va., began in January despite local opposition.


Battery Company to Invest in Kentucky

February 15, 2018 Power technology manufacturer EnerBlu announced plans to open a $372 million battery manufacturing plant on a reclaimed surface mine in Pikeville, Ky., and move its headquarters to Lexington, Ky.


Southwest Virginia High School Robotics Team Shines with Solar

February 15, 2018 Ridgeview High School's robotics team "Squatch Watch" won several awards using solar-powered robots.


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.