A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Building Community Internet in the Clearfork Valley

The Southern Connected Communities Project is working to bring high-speed internet to Clairfield, Tenn., and other underserved rural areas.

Residents Near Trainyard Discuss Efforts to Study and Solve Coal Dust Problems

Norfolk Southern trail

Regulators are installing air quality monitors in two Eastern Virginia communities that have been beset by coal dust from a Norfolk Southern railyard for years.

Calls to Expel WV Attorney General Over 2020 Election Lawsuit

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

A coalition of West Virginia lawmakers and civil-rights groups are calling on state legislators to also oust and disbar Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for participating in what they’re calling “un-American” efforts to disenfranchise voters in the presidential election.

New Preserve on Pine Mountain Connects Protected Areas

Warbler Ridge Preserve

The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust established the Warbler Ridge Preserve in December, forming a nearly 2,500-acre protected area on Pine Mountain.

WV Cleanup of Illegally Dumped Mud Continues

stream filled with mud

In September, a Dominion Energy contractor illegally dumped mud across state lines in a West Virginia stream. Authorities continue to investigate and clean up the site.

Cooperative Connectivity: Some Electric Co-ops Aim to Meet the Broadband Challenge

power lines

Nearly a quarter of rural Americans don’t have access to reliable high-speed internet. Powell Valley Electric Cooperative and others are working to change this.

Report: WV Shift to Renewable Energy Could Lower Bills, Boost Economy

two men install solar panels

West Virginia could move away from coal and generate more than 70% of the state’s electricity using wind and solar power by 2035, according to a new report.

Virginia Resident Finally Finds Relief From Coal Truck Dust

coal truck

After a resident unsuccessfully sought aid from Virginia officials for two years to address constant dust from passing coal trucks, one reporter’s questions motivated the company to take action.

Bankruptcy Proposal Would Dodge Mine Cleanup Laws

As the Blackjewel bankruptcy continues, the responsibility to reclaim mine sites and workers’ compensation for past medical bills are still major issues.

Southeast Ski Resorts Reckon with Sustainability and Climate Change

snowmaking

As Southeast ski resorts upgrade their snowmaking equipment, many are finding that the investment isn’t just good for business  — it’s helped to slash energy consumption and water use.