Energy Report

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



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.


Cicada Brood Hatches for First Time in 17 Years

August 22, 2017 North Carolina, Georgia, and upper South Carolina see first brood of cicadas since 2000.


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.