A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news



Groups File Lawsuit Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine in West Virginia

Environmental groups claim in a federal lawsuit that Republic Energy is illegally operating a strip mine on Coal River Mountain by using a state permit that expired in 2011.


N.C. Lowers Risk Rating of Coal Ash Pits

Duke Energy may now be able to cap six toxic coal ash dumps in North Carolina in place instead of transporting the material to lined landfills after state regulators classified the dumps as "low risk."


Kinder Morgan Drops Planned Gas Liquids Pipeline, Proposes Natural Gas

The oil and gas pipeline company nixed plans to transport hazardous natural gas liquids hundreds of miles through a repurposed 75-year-old pipe and instead is seeking permission to reverse the flow for natural gas.


Virginia Governor Alters Air Board Before Crucial Vote

The air board members Gov. Northam removed in mid-November had spoken critically of a compressor station needed for Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. A vote is now delayed pending a new public comment period.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Files for Federal Approval

The 73-mile expansion of the controversial fracked-gas Mountain Valley Pipeline into North Carolina has drawn criticism from residents and regulators alike.


Hurricane Highlights Coal Ash Risks

September's Hurricane Florence breached two of Duke Energy's coal ash and wastewater impoundments.


States Seek Mine-Related Debts from WV Governor

Virginia and Kentucky regulators are seeking to hold West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice accountable for his companies' failure to meet mine land reclamation deadlines.


EPA Proposes Loosening Methane Emission Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal would undermine Obama-era regulations aimed at preventing methane leaks.


Trump EPA Seeks to Weaken Power Plant Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the new power plant rules would result in more pollution and up to 1,400 more premature deaths each year by 2030.


Virginia Approves Dominion Solar Pilot Program

Dominion Energy's pilot program will allow ratepayers to to receive all or part of their electricity from Virginia solar farms for an additional cost.


Energy Report News Bites

A Virginia town approved two new solar projects, studies found that the minimum safe distance from frack sites should be a quarter-mile and that the amount of water used for fracking has drastically increased, and the West Virginia Coal Association is asking for a tax cut.


Rural Residents Face Greater Energy Costs than National Average

A new report found that rural households spend much more on energy costs than urban households and that some groups such as renters, elderly residents and non-white residents are hit particularly hard.


Blair Mountain Returns to National Register of Historic Places

The site of West Virginia's Blair Mountain labor conflict between coal miners and law enforcement was placed back on the National Register of Historic Places after a federal judge ruled its delisting to be unlawful.


Black Lung Disease Surges as Support for Miners Dwindles

A recent study shows that black lung disease in Appalachian coal miners is at a 25-year high — but federal taxes on coal companies that help compensate affected miners are set to expire next year.


EPA Rolls Back Coal Ash Protections

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established new rules for the disposal and storage of toxic coal ash, replacing environmental safeguards put forth by the Obama Administration.