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

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 ]

Duke Energy’s sham plan for net-zero carbon

Friday, August 28th, 2020 | Posted by Matt Wasson | No Comments

Duke Energy's failure to move quickly to clean energy would worsen global warming, put the public’s health at risk, and hurt North Carolina families and businesses. [ Read More ]

Groups sue TVA over never-ending contracts

Monday, August 24th, 2020 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

Appalachian Voices has joined three other organizations in a lawsuit that challenges the Tennessee Valley Authority’s long-term contracts with local power companies. These perpetual contracts undermine the local power companies’ bargaining power to negotiate for cleaner, cheaper electricity. [ Read More ]

Covid’s impact on coal sharpens the pandemic’s economic hardships

Friday, August 21st, 2020 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

Even before the pandemic, a growing number of coal companies were declaring bankruptcy — and now the decades-long decline of coal is in a nosedive. This will leave already-shortchanged coalfield communities even less money to deal with decades of damage to people's health and the environment. [ Read More ]

Utility affordability in the time of Coronavirus

Friday, August 14th, 2020 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

Equitable access to affordable water and energy services -- fundamental to human well-being and public health -- has been a significant though largely unseen problem for decades. Then Covid struck. [ Read More ]

NC pipeline permit for MVP Southgate denied!

Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality denied a water quality permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension on the grounds that the MVP mainline is not yet completed. [ Read More ]