Energy Report

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

Wildlife Officials Plan to Reduce Black Bear Population in Virginia

June 15, 2017 Wildlife officials in Virginia approved a controversial plan to reduce the population of black bears in the state.

Communities Push Back Against White Supremacist Groups

June 15, 2017 In late April, citizens of Pikeville, Ky., and beyond took to the streets in opposition to the white supremacist hate groups that had converged in Eastern Kentucky for the “Take a Stand for White Working Families” rally.

Residents Allege Herbicide Spraying Caused Health Problems

June 15, 2017 A group of Tennessee residents believe that excessive spraying of herbicides by Powell Valley Electric Cooperative in June of 2016 has caused major health problems for them and their pets.

Tennessee Broadband Law Brings Opportunities and Restrictions

June 15, 2017 A new Tennessee law will provide $45 million in grants and tax credits for private companies to subsidize the buildout of rural fiber networks. It also allows rural electric cooperatives to provide broadband.

Agricultural Runoff Defiles Shenandoah River

June 14, 2017 A recent report documented numerous instances of agricultural runoff polluting the Shenandoah River with the E. Coli bacteria.

Art Exhibit Raises Awareness of New River

June 14, 2017 An new art exhibit raises awareness about water quality issues facing the New River. It is on display at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, N.C., through July 29.

New Entrance Fee for WV State Parks and Forests and Other Shorts

June 13, 2017 New fees will affect West Virginian state parks and forests, wildlife officials are asking for help documenting the Timber Rattlesnake and the Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project will host a summer institute in July.

Mascara Wands to the Rescue for Appalachian Wildlife

June 8, 2017 A donation program started in Western North Carolina, Wands for Wildlife, has gone viral along with images of small animals being combed with mascara wands.

Watauga County Launches Seed Library

April 12, 2017 Following other examples in Appalachia, the Watauga Seed Library was launched in Boone, N.C., on April 1. It will offer community members the chance to receive free seeds to grow in their personal or community gardens.

Tennessee Advances Partial Privatization of Fall Creek Falls State Park

April 12, 2017 The state of Tennessee is moving forward with plans to privatize hospitality facilities at Fall Creek Falls State Park, while park employees and local officials have expressed concerns.

Southwest Virginia Residents Hold Healthcare Forum

April 12, 2017 Over 130 residents from Southwest Virginia attended an educational forum on the potential impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Study Reveals Threats to Southeast Freshwater Biodiversity

April 12, 2017 A recent study shows that human development and insufficient conservation efforts threaten the freshwater biodiversity of the southeastern United States.

DuPont Settles Chemical Leak Lawsuits and Other Shorts

April 12, 2017 DuPont and its spin-off The Chemours Company agree to settle thousands of lawsuits regarding a toxic chemical leak in Parkersburg, W.Va,; Tennessee restocked thousands of trout following last fall's wildfires; and the state of Kentucky is seeking help in spotting a rare skunk.

Judge Rules in Favor of Nuclear Waste Shipments

April 12, 2017 A federal judge recently ruled against a lawsuit filed by a coalition of environmental organizations attempting to prevent liquid nuclear waste from being shipped from Canada to South Carolina.

West Virginia Contends with Aftermath of 2014 Chemical Spill

February 9, 2017 Three years after the chemical MCHM spilled from a storage tank into the Elk River, leaving 300,000 West Virginia American Water Company customers without safe drinking water, a tentative settlement was reached between the private water utility and the state Public Service Commission and Consumer Advocate.