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

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Restoring waters damaged by acid mine drainage: A conversation with Amanda Pitzer

Monday, November 1st, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Amanda Pitzer with Friends of the Cheat discusses the specific impacts of acid mine drainage on the Cheat River, analyzes abandoned mine lands funding pending before Congress and charts a path for future success in collaboration with state and federal decision-makers. [ Read More ]


How acid mine drainage fits into pending mine cleanup legislation: A conversation with Joe Pizarchik

Sunday, October 17th, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Joe Pizarchik, former head of OSMRE and one of the nation’s foremost experts on complex and sprawling abandoned mine lands issues, provides an essential overview of how acid mine drainage fits into pending legislative proposals and where we should look next. [ Read More ]


Confronting acid mine drainage: A conversation with Rural Action’s Marissa Lautzenheiser

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

In this conversation, Marissa Lautzenheiser of Rural Action lays out the basics of the acid mine drainage challenge, discusses the unique funding needs for AMD clean-up, and talks about some of the innovative work Rural Action is doing to tackle this problem. [ Read More ]


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 ]



 

 


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