A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news



Environmental Groups Sue Four Coal and Chemical Facilities

Environmental groups have sued three coal facilities and one chemical plant for the alleged illegal pollution of adjacent waterways.


Blackjewel and Revelation Energy Coal Bankruptcy Raises Concerns for Workers and Mine Cleanup

Two coal company bankruptcies in July resulted in retroactively withdrawn paychecks from coal miners and an unclear future for roughly 13,000 acres of unreclaimed mine land.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Public Comment Period Begins

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be accepting public comments on the 73-mile fracked-gas pipeline through Sept. 16, 2019.


Miners Take Black Lung Demands to D.C.

Approximately 150 Appalachian coal miners, widows and their loved ones visited Capitol Hill in July to demand that Congress reinstate a tax rate on coal companies for black lung healthcare and benefits.


Southwest Virginia Communities Designated as Solar-friendly

Eight communities in Southwest Virginia achieved designation under the nationwide SolSmart program in July for taking steps to pave the way for solar projects in their municipalities.


Congressional Support for RECLAIM Act Grows

U.S. House of Representatives co-sponsors for the RECLAIM Act grew after a coalition of coal mine reclamation advocates traveled to the nation's capital to express their support for the bill that would accelerate the spending of money in the in the federal abandoned mine cleanup fund.


Trump Administration Charged with Weakening Endangered Species Protections to Favor Coal

Environmental groups plan to sue federal and state agencies for allegedly conspiring to weaken endangered species protections in West Virginia.


W.V. Landowners Win Case Against Fracking Company

West Virginia's highest court unanimously ruled that mineral companies may not use surface owners' land to reach gas reserves under adjacent properties without obtaining their express permission.


Competitive Electric Cooperative Election in Virginia

Three reform candidates are challenging incumbent Rappahannock Electric Cooperative board members and are pledging to revise co-op policies around transparency and renewable energy if elected in August.


Neighbors of Mountaintop Removal Testify Before Congress

In April, people living near coal strip mines testified before a U.S. House subcommittee about how mountaintop removal coal mining has affected their lives and communities.


Bill Supported by Duke Energy Could Lead to Rate Hikes

Duke Energy is backing a North Carolina bill that could allow the monopoly utility to raise rates with reduced oversight – and an April report shows that Duke targeted its campaign contributions to key legislators involved with the bill.


Justice Coal Companies and Federal Agencies Enter Legal Battles

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family and their companies are involved in new lawsuits with federal mine safety and reclamation authorities.


Virginia Budget Excludes Participation in Carbon Cap and Trade Program

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill impeding Virginia's ability to take part in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative despite a state board's April vote to join it.


Court Orders EPA to Revisit Wastewater Rule

A federal court ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review parts of a 2015 rule governing wastewater from power plants after environmental groups argued that it was not sufficient.


Miners Pressure Congress for Pension Fix

Dozens of retired coal miners came to the capitol and called on Washington lawmakers to pass legislation to preserve pensions for tens of thousands of retired and working miners.