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


Senate passes victory for abandoned mine lands – On to the House for improvements

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

The Senate just passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes the LARGEST-EVER investment in abandoned mine land clean-up. Now we need the House to pass this bill with a few small changes that will make a big difference for local communities. [ Read More ]

Biden must stop methane pipelines to deliver on climate change and environmental justice

Monday, June 21st, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

In the USA Today, Indigenous leader Crystal Cavalier and climate scientist Michael Mann team up for this op-ed calling out the Mountain Valley Pipeline as a nail in America's climate coffin and environmental injustice. [ Read More ]

The need for full AML reauthorization and more

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Guest blogger Rebecca Shelton explains why politicians need to be focusing on investing more in coal communities, not less. Congress needs to pass Rep. Cartwright's abandoned mine lands bills. Rep. Cheney's bill, which would shortchange coal communities by slicing the fee, is unacceptable. [ 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 ]

The new face of solar energy in Southwest Virginia

Monday, January 4th, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Southwest Virginia native Matthew McFadden is the new Project Coordinator for an initiative to help advance solar energy in the region. [ 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 ]

Customer-owned utilities should be leaders on clean energy. Why do most of them fail to deliver?

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Clean energy expert Ivy Main looks at how a lack of transparency and democracy at many Virginia electric cooperatives is causing them to fall behind on renewable energy. Member-owners at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative are trying to change that. [ Read More ]

One neighbor shares the devastating impact of Mountain Valley Pipeline construction on her animals and family

Thursday, January 17th, 2019 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Arietta Ann DuPre's land and her neighbor’s land in Wayside, W.Va., serves as a home for rescued horses and other animals – and in early 2018, Mountain Valley Pipeline developers cut her horses' pasture land in two. [ Read More ]

West Virginians speak out against proposal to log state parks

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Guest blogger Chad Cordell of the Kanawha Forest Coalition provides an update on a West Virginia bill that would allow commercial logging of high-value trees in WV state parks, and shares some easy ways to contact decision-makers in support of our parks. #SOSParks [ Read More ]

Appalachian solar jobs on the line in Trump’s Suniva decision

Friday, January 19th, 2018 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

Guest blogger Kyle Pennell of PowerScout takes a look at President Trump's upcoming January 26 ruling regarding tariffs on solar panel imports and the potential impact his decision could have either way. [ Read More ]

Boo! Should Duke Energy’s shift from electricity rates to mandatory fees scare us?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

In addition to the thousands of customers, NC's customer advocate has come out strongly against Duke Energy Progress's 14 percent rate hike. There's even more to the story when you dig in ... [ Read More ]

A people’s tribunal on environmental justice impacts of fracked gas

Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

Lakshmi Fjord, property owner in Buckingham County, Va., where a giant compressor station would be built, talks about the ongoing effort to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the people coming together to fight it. [ Read More ]



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