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



NC pipeline permit for MVP Southgate denied!

Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality denied a water quality permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension on the grounds that the MVP mainline is not yet completed. [ Read More ]


It’s high time to abandon ship on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

Try as they might, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy have never been able to justify the tremendous environmental and social costs of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline — nor the project’s economic burden on customers. As they meet with shareholders this week, they should abandon ship on this boondoggle. [ Read More ]


North Carolina shows up strong against fracked-gas projects

Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

North Carolinians are turning out strong to stand for environmental justice and water quality and to stop unneeded fracked-gas projects. [ Read More ]


Coal ash cleanup decision a huge victory for North Carolina!

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

On April 1, North Carolina announced its decision to require Duke Energy to fully excavate the six remaining coal ash sites across the state — a big victory in the year's long fight against the energy utility's negligence. [ Read More ]


Five years after Dan River: Coal ash in N.C.

Monday, February 11th, 2019 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

The Dan River coal ash spill sparked a flurry of coal ash cleanup legislation, public hearings, community meetings and more across North Carolina. But where does coal ash stand in the state now? [ Read More ]


Al Gore, Rev. Barber tour coal-impacted communities in N.C.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 1 Comment

The former vice president joined with the Poor People's Campaign and others on a two-day tour to highlight the link between environmental injustice and poverty. [ Read More ]


Protect our communities. Stop the MVP Southgate fracked-gas pipeline

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

The developers behind the Mountain Valley Pipeline will host meetings on June 25-28 to get local feedback in some of the communities the 72-mile proposed MVP Southgate extension would traverse. [ Read More ]


Federal and N.C. coal ash rules under attack

Friday, May 18th, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 6 Comments

As the state reviews changes to coal ash policy, EPA head Scott Pruitt is looking to help utilities' bottom line by dramatically weakening federal safeguards on the toxic substance. [ Read More ]


Hold Duke Energy accountable for its illegal coal ash leaks

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

North Carolina environmental regulators have proposed an arrangement that requires Duke Energy to take some expedited clean-up steps at its Marshall, Allen and Cliffside coal ash ponds. But the proposal doesn't go far enough. The N.C. DEQ needs to hear from you! [ Read More ]


1,000 days on bottled water

Friday, January 19th, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 1 Comment

Last week marked the 1,000th day that hundreds of families in North Carolina have had to use nothing but bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing because their well water is likely contaminated by one of Duke Energy's leaking coal ash ponds. [ Read More ]


Neighbors angered by latest coal ash news about Duke Energy

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 2 Comments

The latest news over Duke Energy's handling of the coal ash crisis in North Carolina has many impacted citizens worried - but perhaps not shocked at the utility's ongoing duplicity on the issue. [ Read More ]


The fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is not over

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 3 Comments

As expected, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently gave a glowing review to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, overlooking the threats to wetlands, forest, drinking waters and indigenous populations along the pipeline's proposed route. [ Read More ]