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


Momentous win for environmental justice and against pipelines!

Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Communities and organizations fighting the proposed fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline celebrated a monumental win for environmental justice this week. [ Read More ]

Rooted vision: Activists across the generations

Monday, December 16th, 2019 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

A group of social justice activists from 17 to 75 from Virginia traveled to the 8th annual Southern Movement Assembly in Mississippi, where they made connections and drew inspiration from others. [ Read More ]

In memoriam: April Pierson-Keating

Thursday, October 17th, 2019 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Appalachia mourns the passing of a fierce defender of the environment whose commitment to lifting up the voices of her West Virginia community will continue to grow the pipeline resistance movement well into the future. [ Read More ]

Virginia’s Union Hill community continues fight for environmental justice

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Pipeline resisters were distraught - but, alas, not surprised - when Va. regulators OK'd a huge fracked-gas compressor station in historic Union Hill. But all vowed to continue the fight for environmental justice. [ Read More ]

Our air. Our lives.

Thursday, October 18th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Hundreds of Virginians voiced their concerns this summer about a massive fracked gas compressor station proposed in the heart of Virginia as part of the risky Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Some of them have everything at stake -- their health, home and heritage as part of the historic African-American community of Union Hill. [ Read More ]

Empowering citizens at the Water Justice Summit

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | 2 Comments

The recent Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg, Va., brought together citizens from Central Appalachia whose water is imperiled by coal mining, fracked gas pipelines and other industrial threats to strategize, learn skills and build affinity. [ Read More ]

With your help, Virginia legislation can protect our water from pipelines

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

We’ve resisted the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines for more than three years. Now Virginia lawmakers need to hear our voices to ensure that legislation to better protect landowners and water resources from fracked-gas pipelines becomes law. [ Read More ]

Virginia Water Board to decide on fracked-gas pipelines

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 | Posted by Lara Mack | 1 Comment

This week and next, the Virginia State Water Control Board will decide whether to allow pipeline companies to build the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Show up to add your comment and show opposition to these senseless projects! [ Read More ]

Unnecessary and unwanted: Opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline grows

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Lara Mack | 1 Comment

The public has taken every opportunity to tell FERC to reject the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. There’s still time to add your voice to the choir of people across the country urging FERC to reject the unnecessary and unwanted project. [ Read More ]

Environmental justice in Buckingham County

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

A proposed compressor station along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route would pose public health risks and increase noise pollution in a rural, historically black community. Citizens are fervently urging local officials to reject the project, which would severely impact the viability of the pipeline overall. [ Read More ]

If I had a hammer…

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Lara Mack, our Virginia Field Organizer, helped organize last Saturday's "March on the Mansion" in Richmond to call for clean energy solutions over fracked-gas pipelines, toxic coal ash and climate impacts. She reflects on the legacy, captured in the timeless song, "If I had a hammer," on the power of citizens coming together to fight for social justice. [ Read More ]



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