Energy Report

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



Devastating Forest Fires Ignite Southeast

December 14, 2016 Numerous forest fires burned across the Southeast throughout the autumn. Nearly 120,000 acres of forest burned, and the city of Gatlinburg, Tenn., was badly damaged, with 14 lives lost.


W.V. Chemical Spill Settlement Reached

December 14, 2016 A settlement in a class-action lawsuit compensates residents affected by the Jan. 9, 2014, chemical spill at Freedom Industries in Charleston, W.Va., which dumped 7,500 gallons of the coal-washing chemical MCHM into the Elk River.


New POWER Initiative Grants Aim to Bolster Coal-Impacted Economies

December 14, 2016 An October round of POWER Initiative grants awarded nearly $28 million dollars of support for 42 projects in 13 states that have been negatively impacted by the decline of the coal industry.


Residents Seek to Halt New Development

December 14, 2016 A proposed city plan to erect a shopping center and sports complex in Abingdon, Va., along the Virginia Creeper Trail faces criticism.


Lifting Restrictions on Rural Broadband in East Tennessee

December 14, 2016 A coalition of organizations representing underserved and underrepresented areas in East Tennessee is working to bring broadband internet services to rural areas of the state.


Fifty Years of Foxfire Magazine

December 14, 2016 For 50 years, Foxfire Magazine has collected stories from Southern Appalachia.


Southwest Virginia Gets a New Brand and Other Shorts

December 14, 2016 Southwest Virginia get s new brand, Appalachian Youth discuss Just Economic Transition and other short stories from across Appalachia.


Holston Ammunition Plant’s Open Burning Raises Citizen Concern

October 7, 2016 The Holston Army and Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, Tenn., is seeking a renewed air permit to continue disposing of explosives and contaminated materials by burning them out in the open.


Wildlife Initiatives Expand in East Kentucky

October 7, 2016 Two new wildlife preserves have been established in Eastern Kentucky.


Volunteers Still Needed for Flood Recovery in West Virginia

October 7, 2016 Months after the June floods, West Virginia communities are still need of volunteers to help clean up and rebuild damaged areas.


Southwest Virginia Environmental Movement Loses Two Leaders

October 7, 2016 Southwest Virginia lost two environmental leaders when Vivian Owens and Tim Mullins passed away in August.


POWER Initiative Grants Awarded

October 7, 2016 On Aug. 24, the White House announced the recipients of the latest round of POWER Initiative grants. A majority of the 29 projects receiving funding are in in Central Appalachia.


Protections Uncertain as Red Wolf Population Declines

October 7, 2016 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has dramatically reduced the amount of territory reserved for the red wolf in eastern North Carolina, even as the population of this endangered species continues to decline.


Emerald Ash Borer Finds Its Way to North Carolina

October 7, 2016 The emerald ash borer, an invasive pest destroying ash trees throughout the Appalachian region, has been detected in North Carolina.


The National Park Service Turns 100

October 7, 2016 The National Park Service turned 100 years old this summer and celebrations continue throughout the fall.