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


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 ]

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 ]

Reforming Virginia’s energy system continues

Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Virginia lawmakers took a critical step this session in keeping a proposal to end monopoly electric utilities under consideration for 2021. [ Read More ]

Beginning of the end of N.C.’s coal ash crisis

Friday, January 24th, 2020 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

North Carolinians have won a major victory with the announcement that Duke Energy would remove coal ash from its remaining sites. Appalachian Voices is proud to have worked side-by-side with the people who fought so hard, for so long to defend their communities. [ Read More ]

Local governments call for abandoned mine cleanup

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Local governments in Southwest Virginia and Pennsylvania are passing resolutions supporting cleanup of abandoned coal mines. A bill that would extend federal funding passed the House Natural Resources Committee last week. [ Read More ]

19 old coal sites identified for innovative development projects

Thursday, October 31st, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Appalachian communities are exploring ways to attract new businesses, pull families out of poverty and strengthen skilled workforces. A primary focus is to redevelop old, unused coal sites. [ Read More ]

Virginians For Justice: Progress Not Pipelines!

Friday, May 24th, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Several hundred people from across Virginia turned out for a weekend of solidarity for environmental justice and climate action and to call for a halt to expanding fracked-gas infrastructure anywhere in the state. [ Read More ]

RECLAIM Act back in Congress

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

The bill to expedite spending of $1 billion in coal-impacted communities to repurpose old mine sites for new economic projects has been reintroduced into Congress with bipartisan support. [ Read More ]

Banning fracking worldwide

Friday, April 5th, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

An international tribunal on human rights, fracking and climate change is calling for a worldwide ban on fracking. The community of Union Hill, Va., helped play a role in this historic occasion. [ Read More ]

Buckingham rises up with visit from Rev. Barber, Al Gore

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Civil rights and climate activists Rev. William Barber and former Vice President Al Gore drew more than 1,000 people to a town hall meeting in Buckingham, Va., to highlight the environmental racism of the proposed frack-gas compressor station in the African-American community of Union Hill. [ Read More ]

100 sign letter to Va. air board to reject frack-gas facility in African-American community

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Environmental justice advocates Karenna Gore, Mustafa Santiago Ali, Don Cheadle and Ed Begley, Jr. were among the 100 people who signed a letter to Va. regulators urging a denial of huge compressor station in the largely African-American community of Union Hill. [ Read More ]

History, health at stake in Buckingham County

Monday, June 4th, 2018 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

The omissions and errors in the permitting process for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline regarding an African-American community in central Virginia amounts to racism. A state panel on environmental justice calls for a new process. [ Read More ]



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