The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia

From the Rockies to Appalachia: Virginia can look to Colorado for electric co-op reform

Thursday, October 14th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Undemocratic governance at Virginia's electric cooperatives is a serious issue that has left co-op members across the state frustrated and ready for reform. Closed-door board meetings and unfair voting practices are two of the issues members hope to change in 2022. [ Read More ]

Duke Energy-backed bill would raise rates, doesn’t guarantee climate measures

Thursday, October 7th, 2021 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

Instead of taking the path outlined by Governor Cooper’s Clean Energy Plan, Duke Energy has continued to work behind closed doors to write legislation that lines the pockets of its shareholders, on the backs of ratepayers, while failing to guarantee that the 70% carbon reductions envisioned in the bill will even be achieved by the 2030 target date. [ Read More ]

Confronting acid mine drainage: A conversation with Rural Action’s Marissa Lautzenheiser

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

In this conversation, Marissa Lautzenheiser of Rural Action lays out the basics of the acid mine drainage challenge, discusses the unique funding needs for AMD clean-up, and talks about some of the innovative work Rural Action is doing to tackle this problem. [ Read More ]

Tell White House officials that coal mine cleanup must be a priority

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

Insufficient bonding systems and decades of poor enforcement of mine reclamation law have led to a severe backlog in abandoned mines — and a new wave of coal bankruptcies is exacerbating the problem. [ Read More ]

Blackjewel mine creates emergency road hazard in Russell County, VA

Thursday, September 9th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Heavy rains caused debris from an inactive coal mine to block portions of VA State Route 632 in late August — an event that might become all too common with climate change-fueled rainfall likely to intensify. [ Read More ]

Miners with black lung call on Congress to protect benefits

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In an August webinar, advocates and representatives of the Black Lung Association discussed the critical importance for the passage of a permanent 25% increase to the Black Lung Excise Tax on coal companies. [ Read More ]

Utility disconnection protections: Let’s make it permanent

Monday, August 30th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Shutting off electricity and other vital utilities of families who can't afford their bills is unjust. During a pandemic, it's barbaric. Appalachian Voices offers solutions. [ Read More ]

Updates in the fight against MVP and MVP Southgate

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

Catch up on updates about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and its Southgate extension with upcoming events, regulatory developments and the latest news about construction of these projects and the communities fighting back. [ Read More ]

Highlights from the Energy Democracy in Action webinar series

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Advocates from across the country shared stories of how they gained control over how and where their power is produced during the first two webinars of the three-part Energy Democracy In Action series. Read the highlights and register for the third webinar. [ Read More ]

What the bipartisan infrastructure bill means for Appalachia

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

The Senate's nearly 3,000-page infrastructure bill would bring major investments in programs that support Appalachian communities, including abandoned mine cleanup and broadband. But the bill also has its flaws. [ Read More ]

Senate passes victory for abandoned mine lands – On to the House for improvements

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

The Senate just passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes the LARGEST-EVER investment in abandoned mine land clean-up. Now we need the House to pass this bill with a few small changes that will make a big difference for local communities. [ Read More ]

A new wave of abandoned coal mines?

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

As coal collapses, the industry is leaving behind thousands of acres of mined lands in various states of environmental destruction. A new report seeks to understand the scope of the problem and outline potential solutions. [ Read More ]



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