A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Willie Dodson

A Virginia native who now splits his time between Johnson City, Tenn., and Wise County, Va., Willie has organized with environmental and social justice campaigns in the region for more than a decade. He is Appalachian Voices' Central Appalachian Field Coordinator.

Despite Decline of Coal, Mining Remains Aggressive on Coal River Mountain

dust rising from surface mine

Despite a national coal downturn, mining has not slowed much in Raleigh County, West Virginia, where companies have proposed two new mountaintop removal coal mines.

VA Initiates Bond Forfeiture on Justice-Owned Mines

Virginia regulators initiated bond forfeiture at two coal mines owned by the family of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. The regulators cited failure to pay penalties and chronic environmental and public safety violations.

Bankruptcies Highlight Concerns with Black Lung Benefits Fund

Coal company bankruptcies are putting the federal Black Lung Disability Trust Fund in further jeopardy.

Funding for Black Lung Benefits Halved

complicated black lung disease

A tax on coal companies funding benefits for former miners with black lung disease was halved at the first of the year.

Mine Violations Continue in Raleigh County, WV

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice of violation to the operators of Collins Fork Surface Mine in February.

Opposition to Proposed Tennessee Mountaintop Removal Mine

Kopper Glo Mining is seeking a second permit to release pollution from its nearly 1,500-acre proposed Claiborne County, Tenn., strip mine into public waterways. Attendees at a public hearing voiced a number of concerns.