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

FERC setting up an “Office of Public Participation.” After 40 years.

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 | Posted by Jessica Sims | No Comments

Congress told FERC 40 years ago to start an "Office of Public Participation." The agency is finally doing it -- after decades of approving dirty-gas pipelines all across the country. [ Read More ]

Tighter silica rules needed to protect miners from black lung disease

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Coal miners are legally allowed to be exposed to twice as much dangerous silica dust as any other worker. That needs to change. [ Read More ]

Biden’s jobs plan holds promise for Appalachia

Thursday, April 1st, 2021 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

As an organization that cares deeply about the people, land and water of our region, we find much to applaud in the White House's American Jobs Plan. Read about what the plan entails and hear from us and partners about what this plan could mean for Appalachia. [ Read More ]

Building community power for economic transition in the coalfields

Thursday, March 18th, 2021 | Posted by Austin Counts | No Comments

The New Economy Network of Southwest Virginia continues to progress local conversations to bring positive change to the region. [ Read More ]

Communities call out Duke Energy’s harmful impacts

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

People from states served by Duke Energy recently testified before the newly formed, independent People's Commission that the utility's record on coal ash, electric rates and other issues is harming communities. [ Read More ]

It’s a wrap! A rundown of the 2021 Virginia General Assembly

Monday, March 15th, 2021 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

We and our allies fought hard for the health and well-being of communities and the environment, and we're grateful for the emails and calls you delivered to the legislature to support these efforts. [ Read More ]

Big opportunities to RECLAIM decades-old abandoned mines

Friday, March 5th, 2021 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Thousands of abandoned mine lands need to be reclaimed in Appalachia and across the country, and this reclamation work can create thousands of jobs. That's in addition to the creative community and economic projects that local people can build with new funding. [ Read More ]

Regulators decide on Kentucky Power’s third rate hike in five years

Friday, February 26th, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Although the Kentucky Public Service Commission denied the utility's original request for a 25 percent rate increase, the body approved a rate hike of 12.5 percent for residential customers. [ Read More ]

An enormous step for coal communities, environmental justice and climate

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

President Biden's executive order puts the United States in a position to vigorously confront the challenges of climate change, create good-paying jobs and protect communities from the hazards of polluted land, air and water. [ Read More ]

A way forward for Appalachia

Friday, January 22nd, 2021 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

Our legislative director outlines a list of action items for the Biden administration — suspending utility shutoffs during the pandemic, strengthening oversight of the fossil fuel industry, and moving swiftly to support just economic transition in coal-impacted communities. [ Read More ]

NC Utility Customers: Know your rights and resources

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

We put together a resource guide for residents in North Carolina who are in danger of having vital water and electric services disconnected during the pandemic. [ Read More ]

Virginians face threat from toxic gold mining

Saturday, January 9th, 2021 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

The gold mining industry is eyeing central Virginia for a major expansion that could bring one of the most toxic industries to our state. Buckingham County is potentially ground zero. [ Read More ]



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