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

The latest on Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate

Friday, February 23rd, 2024 | Posted by Jessica Sims | No Comments

Even as Mountain Valley Pipeline’s rushed construction results in landslides and muddy waters in Virginia and concerned residents call for state and federal authorities to stop the damage, communities to the south are facing new and changing threats from the pipeline’s proposed Southgate extension. [ Read More ]


Join App Voices at the Appalachian Studies Conference

Wednesday, February 21st, 2024 | Posted by The Appalachian Voice | No Comments

This year, the App Studies Conference will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, from March 7 to March 9. Along with a wide array of grassroots partners, Appalachian Voices will be there to learn, teach and have a good time! [ Read More ]


Prominent Navajo environmental leader to speak in Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina

Monday, February 19th, 2024 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

Along with Andrew Atencia and Adrian Herder, organizers for Tó Nizhoní Aní, Nicole Horseherder will be visiting Appalachia in March to teach and learn about the environmental justice movement in the coalfields of Black Mesa and Appalachia, respectively. [ Read More ]


The People’s Voice on TVA: Advocates create forum for public input and expert testimony on TVA’s long-term energy plan

Friday, February 16th, 2024 | Posted by Jen Lawhorne | No Comments

TVA is the country’s largest public utility with 10 million customers across seven states, but advocates say the utility isn’t doing a good job involving the public or third party experts in its long-term energy planning, which will be completed by the end of 2024. [ Read More ]


Crossover: Virginia General Assembly session reaches an important milestone

Wednesday, February 14th, 2024 | Posted by Jessica Sims | No Comments

The Virginia General Assembly has reached the halfway mark — and amid the highs and lows of committee decisions, hundreds of Virginians have helped advocate for critical environmental protections. Thank you for your calls and emails to legislators! [ Read More ]


New report shows alarming lack of mine cleanup progress in Kentucky

Wednesday, February 7th, 2024 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

A recent study found that nearly 40% of the “active” surface permits in Kentucky have been sitting idle for the last five years. The coal companies responsible for those mine permits did not produce any coal, nor did they make any progress in cleaning up the sites. [ Read More ]


Four ways you can support Appalachian communities in the new year!

Tuesday, January 16th, 2024 | Posted by Quenton King | No Comments

In 2023, Appalachian advocates made several advancements in the fight for greater protections for rural communities and families affected by black lung but as we enter 2024, an ongoing battle in Congress over spending is threatening to undo much of this progress while also cutting programs that benefit these communities. [ Read More ]


2024 Virginia General Assembly session is underway!

Tuesday, January 16th, 2024 | Posted by Dan Radmacher | No Comments

As the Virginia Assembly opened its 2024 legislative session on Jan. 10, Appalachian Voices held a webinar to lay out our priorities for the session and explain how those interested in these issues can get involved and make a difference. [ Read More ]


‘A moral imperative:’ Two bills would support miners with black lung and their families

Thursday, January 4th, 2024 | Posted by Quenton King | No Comments

Dec. 13 was a day that Vonda Robinson had been waiting over three years for. On that day, Rep. Morgan McGarvey, D-Ky., introduced the Relief for Survivors of Miners Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. [ Read More ]


Reliance on fossil fuels was last year’s Grinch that stole Christmas — and the real cause of Winter Storm Elliot blackouts

Thursday, December 21st, 2023 | Posted by Naomi Albert | No Comments

On Dec. 24, 2022, as Winter Storm Elliot bore down on North Carolina and Tennessee, problems at fossil-fuel power plants and high electricity demand led Duke Energy and the Tennessee Valley Authority to shut off power for millions with rolling blackouts. But it didn't have to be this way. [ Read More ]


Communities continue to seek safety measures for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Wednesday, December 20th, 2023 | Posted by Jessica Sims | 4 Comments

Along the route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, citizen monitors have watched a frenzy of workers hurriedly lower sun-bleached and degraded pipe into trenches, burying as much material as possible. Although safety concerns led the agency tasked with pipe safety, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to issue a consent agreement, the agreement has not brought peace of mind. [ Read More ]


No time to waste averting another coal mine cleanup crisis

Friday, December 15th, 2023 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

Regulators are ignoring a growing crisis unfolding in modern mine reclamation. Coal companies are often failing to complete timely reclamation, and safeguards to ensure mine cleanup are failing. Communities are already seeing a new, more devastating wave of abandoned mines — a problem that will get worse without action. [ Read More ]



 

 


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