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

Stopping a massive fracked-gas pipeline takes a village

Friday, November 20th, 2020 | Posted by Jessica Sims | No Comments

Some organize community meetings, some drive for hours to testify at hearings, some pray, some rally, some give detailed research to government agencies, some file lawsuits -- and some occupy tree-sits in protest. All stand against the unneeded, dangerous fracked-gas Mountain Valley Pipeline. [ Read More ]

Company’s bankruptcy makes it harder for residents to address problems with nearby mines

Thursday, November 19th, 2020 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

People living near a pair of Virginia mountaintop removal coal mines have long complained about blasting and dust. Now, the company’s bankruptcy makes it even harder for nearby residents to get relief. [ Read More ]

Virginia regulators poised to grant mining permits to questionable company

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

As companies go bankrupt, they tend to pass off their mine mining permits — and the responsibility to reclaim them — to increasingly questionable entities. This is currently unfolding in Southwest Virginia, if the state mining agency allows it. [ Read More ]

Southwest Virginia schools and local governments call for fair solar policies

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Several public entities in the region are urging Appalachian Power Company to loosen their restrictive solar policies. On the sunnier side, Appalachian Voices and Iron Works Cycling secured a $25,000 grant for a solar array on the Big Stone Gap, Va., bicycle shop. [ Read More ]

Change on the horizon: Securing progress during the Biden administration

Monday, November 9th, 2020 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

Securing progress for our region depends on our ability to remain committed to our shared values and to stand united as we advocate for a healthier, stronger, and more just future for Appalachia. [ Read More ]

Miners with black lung disease deserve better

Thursday, October 15th, 2020 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Coal miners were promised health care benefits if they contract black lung, a deadly disease. Congress owes it to them to ensure those benefits are funded. [ Read More ]

TVA’s Covid relief fund should be a starting point

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

We've joined dozens of organizations to demand that TVA provide funding for a moratorium on electricity shutoffs in the region and debt relief for families struggling from Covid-related economic hardship. [ Read More ]

Dominion holding out on struggling families

Thursday, October 8th, 2020 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

Virginia lawmakers must take this opportunity, now, to compel Dominion Energy to forgive debt of families and businesses struggling from the Covid-economic crisis. [ Read More ]

Energy cost hike would burden N.C. families

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

The Covid and economic crisis has laid bare the monthly struggle too many Americans have faced for a long time -- whether to pay their electric bill or buy other essentials like food, medicine or school supplies and risk having their power shut off. [ Read More ]

Mountain Valley Pipeline is not a done deal

Thursday, October 1st, 2020 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Two years behind schedule, $2 billion over budget, only half-built, facing financial headwinds and some investor skepticism, the Mountain Valley Pipeline is anything but a done deal or a sure bet. [ Read More ]

Time’s up for the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

More than 43,000 people agree — regulators need to reject MVP's request for a deadline extension. [ Read More ]

Pushing back on Appalachian Power’s unfair solar restrictions for schools and governments

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Appalachian Power Company is blocking local schools and municipal governments from installing solar. But these public entities have the opportunity to strike a better deal during upcoming contract negotiations with the obstructionist utility. [ Read More ]