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



Southwest Virginia schools and local governments call for fair solar policies

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Several public entities in the region are urging Appalachian Power Company to loosen their restrictive solar policies. On the sunnier side, Appalachian Voices and Iron Works Cycling secured a $25,000 grant for a solar array on the Big Stone Gap, Va., bicycle shop. [ Read More ]


Utilities must suspend service disconnections and waive late fees

Monday, March 30th, 2020 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They should not have to worry about having their power or water turned off as a result. [ Read More ]


Federal negligence allowed coal companies to shrug off their responsibility for black lung benefits

Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

For decades, coal companies ignored a federal requirement to provide enough funds for black lung benefits — and the government let them. [ Read More ]


Duke Energy rate hike hearings underway in North Carolina

Friday, January 24th, 2020 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Duke Energy is trying yet again to make ratepayers foot the bill for coal ash cleanup and so-called grid-improvement — but time is still left to tell North Carolina ratepayers No More Rate Hikes for Dirty Energy! [ Read More ]


Major win for N.C. clean energy advocates

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Appalachian Voices was among the many organizations voicing public opposition in North Carolina to a rate-hike bill despite Duke Energy’s money influence in the state legislature. [ Read More ]


Wins for opponents of fracked-gas pipelines

Friday, November 1st, 2019 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Catch up on the latest news in the fight against dangerous fracked-gas pipelines. [ Read More ]


Appalachians testify in Congress to end mountaintop removal

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Residents of coal-impacted communities went to Washington, D.C., to share how strip mines have affected their lives and to support a moratorium on destructive strip mining. [ Read More ]


Virginia ignores risk, allows Atlantic Coast Pipeline work

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approved Clean Water Act permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, brushing off concerns from the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice. [ Read More ]


Federal fund for black lung healthcare in danger

Thursday, September 6th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 2 Comments

Our elected representatives need to step up and make sure coal companies pay their fair share toward healthcare for coal miners with black lung disease. [ Read More ]


MVP Southgate open houses held for three counties

Thursday, July 19th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 1 Comment

What Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, had to say at three open houses on their proposed Southgate extension into North Carolina, plus a quick look at the latest developments on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. [ Read More ]


Tennessee legislature weakens coal mining oversight

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 1 Comment

If Gov. Haslam allows the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee to become law, it will erode community protections and become an unnecessary burden on Tennessee taxpayers. [ Read More ]


EPA holds lone hearing on Clean Power Plan repeal

Friday, December 1st, 2017 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 15 Comments

By holding only one public hearing for the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, Scott Pruitt is once again working against the EPA's mission of protecting human health and the environment. [ Read More ]