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

Belong to an electric co-op? Your vote is needed!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

Most rural folks rely on electric co-ops for their power, and as "member-owners," they vote on board members who decide everything from rates to whether clean energy is part of their energy source. [ More ]

It’s high time to abandon ship on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

Try as they might, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy have never been able to justify the tremendous environmental and social costs of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline — nor the project’s economic burden on customers. As they meet with shareholders this week, they should abandon ship on this boondoggle. [ More ]

Coal miners call on Congress for support amidst dual threats from black lung and COVID-19

Monday, April 27th, 2020 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

The coal industry is trying to exploit the coronavirus pandemic for a tax break at the expense of healthcare and disability benefits for miners with black lung, but miners are pushing back. [ More ]

Va governor signs pipeline bill that protects consumers

Friday, April 24th, 2020 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

A new law in Virginia protects electricity customers from paying for unnecessary natural gas pipelines; it could have impact on the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline. [ More ]

What do Virginia’s new energy laws mean for the coalfields

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

New energy laws in Virginia provide significant opportunity for solar development in the state's historic coalfields, but not enough direct support for communities hit by the clean energy transition. [ More ]

Tennessee needs a moratorium on utility shutoffs

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our health and livelihoods, utility shutoffs are hurting residents throughout Tennessee. Call Gov. Bill Lee today to ask him to stop utilities from disconnecting people from vital services during this crisis. [ More ]

Bond-forfeited Virginia Blackjewel mines may finally have a buyer

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Three Virginia strip mines, neglected in the wake of the Blackjewel bankruptcy, may finally have a buyer. But it remains to be seen if the new company would be able to reclaim the land. [ More ]

“Environmentalist” Tom Clarke abandons mines in West Virginia

Friday, April 3rd, 2020 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

With the failure of coal operator ERP's unconventional scheme, West Virginia must contend with the company's environmental violations and mines in need of cleanup. [ More ]

Companies play hot potato with unreclaimed Blackjewel mines

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Virginia regulators, a surety insurance company, and two coal companies are playing hot potato with 22 of bankrupt Blackjewel’s coal permits — and none of them want to be left with the responsibility of reclaiming the sites. [ More ]

Utilities must suspend service disconnections and waive late fees

Monday, March 30th, 2020 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They should not have to worry about having their power or water turned off as a result. [ More ]

Black lung service providers shift in the face of COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

As coal miners with black lung disease have a heightened risk of complications from coronavirus, black lung healthcare providers work to respond to the global pandemic. [ More ]

Finally, Virginia lawmakers heed public’s call for clean energy

Friday, March 20th, 2020 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

After years of advocacy by Appalachian Voices and many others, the Virginia legislature 2020 session produced bold measures that will move us toward a cleaner, more equitable energy economy -- but there is work left to do. [ More ]