Energy Report

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



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October 11, 2017 A Tennessee electric cooperative and a Kentucky municipal utility are working to replace the outdated internet infrastructure in rural communities.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


U.S. Department of Justice Withdraws Funding Request for Kentucky Prison

August 22, 2017 The Dept. of Justice withdrew a funding request for a proposed prison on former mountaintop removal site in Eastern Kentucky.


New Plan Being Crafted for Two North Carolina National Forests

August 22, 2017 The U.S. Forest Service is in the process of drafting and receiving public feedback on new plans for preserving protected designations of two national forests in North Carolina.


Studies Show Harmful Air Pollution From Wildfires

August 22, 2017 Study shows particulates linger after forest fires and could contribute to climate change.


Community Members Fight Proposed Asphalt Plant

August 22, 2017 Glendale Springs, N.C., citizens are raising money and circulating an online petition to fight asphalt plant.


Enviva Biomass Facility Meets Opposition

August 22, 2017 Proposed wood-pellet processing plant in Richmond County, N.C., raises pollution concerns.


2016 Deadliest Year for Environmental Activists

August 22, 2017 2016 surpasses previous years in death count of environmental activists.