A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

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.

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.

Permanent Closure of Frack Waste Well A Win For Ohio Activists

grass grows on fresh dirt at former Ginsburg site

The Ginsburg injection well stored toxic, radioactive waste in an open pit surrounded by farms and residences. The well’s closure is a significant victory for activists, but there are more than 200 frack waste injection wells in Ohio.

Young Black Leaders Steer the Way for Change in Appalachia

Members of JEPC watch the mayor sign the declaration in an office

Organizations built to fight for equity and uplift Black lives are surging throughout Appalachia and young leaders are steering the way.

Appalachian Election Workers Manage New Processes, Safety Protocols

There seems little question that the 2020 general election is the most challenging to run in American history. Across Appalachia, those responsible for running the elections appear to be rising to the challenge.

The Appalachian Pipeline Resistance Movement: “We’re Not Going Away”

Desiree Shelley

Residents along the paths of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines have made it clear that fracked-gas projects are not welcome.

To Stop an American Extinction Crisis, the Southeast Must Pivot Away From Fossil Fuels

Big Sandy Crayfish

One of the worst chapters of the global extinction crisis is playing out in America’s Southeast, a region that rivals the rainforests with its staggering array of aquatic biodiversity.

Saving Appalachian Species

The Endangered Species Act plays a crucial role in protecting our region’s wealth of biodiversity — but this bedrock environmental law is under attack.