A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

News and notes from our parent organization



Political Energy and Energy Democracy

Appalachian Voices Executive Director Tom Cormons discusses why we need an energy system that works in the best interest of everyday citizens in order to protect our natural areas and our communities.


Member Tribute: Dean Whitworth

We remember former Appalachian Voices board member and longtime newspaper distributor Dean Whitworth, who was a passionate advocate for the land and water and served with numerous regional organizations.


Expanding Our Vision & Deepening Our Impact

Appalachian Voices staff and board share our objectives for the next three years, which will advance our regional vision of a healthy environment and strong local economies that allow communities to thrive.


Safeguarding our shared natural heritage

Our executive director shares his thoughts on protecting our shared lands and waters in the face of powerful industry.


New Study Maps Increase in Land Disturbed by Coal Mining

A new study shows that surface mining has cleared 1.5 million acres of land between 1976 and 2015, and also showed a drastic increase in the ratio of land cleared to tonnage of coal produced over the last three decades.


Powell Valley Electric Co-op Members Raise Their Voices

Members of Powell Valley Electric Cooperative have launched a campaign to make their cooperative more transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs of its communities. The group has three candidates running for board seats and submitted a bylaw amendment.


Tell Virginia’s Governor to Plan for Clean Energy

Virginia is drafting a state energy plan, so it's time to tell Gov. Northam that we should work to replace an outdated, fossil-fuel based economy with a sustainable, clean energy economy


Empowering Citizens at the 2018 Water Justice Summit

Water defenders and community activists from across Central Appalachia and beyond gathered in Blacksburg, Va., earlier this summer to network, share stories and strategize to protect the region’s water. The day included workshops on topics such as water quality monitoring,


Help Community Threatened by Compressor Station

Dominion Energy wants to build a massive compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in the historic African-American community of Union Hill in Buckingham County, Va. The giant engine would run 24/7, creating toxic air emissions and near-constant noise that


A Fond Farewell

Appalachian Voices would like to bid a very fond farewell to our two Energy Savings AmeriCorps Project Conserve outreach associates, Katie Kienbaum and Becca Bauer, who both worked to bring energy efficiency to Western North Carolina. Katie worked with us


Honoring Clint Dye

The Appalachian Voice remembers Southwest Virginia human rights advocate and Voice distributor Clint Dye.


Member Spotlight: Mike McKinney

Knoxville-based Mike McKinney is a environmental educator, researcher and advocate — and also a longtime distributor of The Appalachian Voice publication.


States must uphold their responsibility to protect our waters

Our executive director calls on state leaders to join federal counterparts in protecting our waters from unnecessary pipelines.


Southwest Virginia Solar Workgroup Receives Award

The Southwest Virginia Solar Workgroup received the first Torchbearer award at the 2018 SWVA Economic Forum for its work on regional economic progress.


Pipeline Pushback Continues with Water Monitoring and Lawsuits

Appalachian Voices has joined a lawsuit calling on a federal court to stop construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline and is working with citizen water monitors to hold pipeline developers accountable.