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


Appalachian Voices partners with Black By God to examine air quality in West Virginia’s African American communities

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Appalachian Voices is launching a new partnership with Black By God, a Black-led news and storytelling organization, with a publication of the same name, in West Virginia. Black By God is dedicated to providing a more nuanced portrayal of African Americans in the Mountain State and the Appalachian region than is often found in other media sources. [ Read More ]

Prominent Navajo environmental leader to speak in Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina

Monday, February 19th, 2024 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

Along with Andrew Atencia and Adrian Herder, organizers for Tó Nizhoní Aní, Nicole Horseherder will be visiting Appalachia in March to teach and learn about the environmental justice movement in the coalfields of Black Mesa and Appalachia, respectively. [ Read More ]

Bad actor coal company seeks to expand surface mine in endangered candy darter habitat

Tuesday, February 21st, 2023 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

Surface mining of this scale is bad news for the environment even if it is conducted within the confines of the law, but South Fork Coal Company’s history of regulatory infractions is almost as egregious as Greenbrier County is beautiful. [ Read More ]

EPA poised to botch update of important air quality rule

Thursday, February 16th, 2023 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

PM 2.5 is a lethal combination of metals, organic matter, acids and other substances so tiny that they can be inhaled and delivered directly into the bloodstream. These airborne pollutants are emitted by tailpipes, power plants and numerous other industries. In our region, coal mine dust is an additional source of this pollutant. [ Read More ]

Gov. Jim Justice’s Straight Fork Surface Mine again facing possible permit revocation

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Updated Jan. 20, 2022: On Jan. 13, Virginia Energy sent a letter to A&G Coal Corporation suspending the permit for the Straight Fork Surface Mine after the corporation failed to respond to the Dec. 8, 2021 show cause order. The permit suspension gives the Justice company until Feb. 14 to deal with the ongoing violations. Failure to do so will then trigger permit revocation and a determination of bond forfeiture. [ Read More ]

Black Lung Association asks Sen. Capito to support 10-year extension of black lung excise tax

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Members of the Black Lung Association are asking U.S. Sen. Shelly Moore Capito to support a 10-year extension of the Black Lung Excise Tax to shore up funding for black lung benefits. [ Read More ]

Cleaning up mines owned by Gov. Justice and his family would create hundreds of jobs

Thursday, November 18th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

There is enough outstanding reclamation liability on coal mines owned by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and/or his adult children to employ 220 to 460 workers for five years, according to our report. Nearly 34,000 acres of Justice-family mines across five states are in need of some degree of environmental cleanup. [ Read More ]

Historic investments in Abandoned Mine Land Program a win for coal-impacted communities

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Congress has passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes the reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Land Program and the largest-ever investment in abandoned coal mine cleanup! Now they must pass the Build Back Better Act to invest in workers, families and clean energy. [ Read More ]

Blackjewel mine creates emergency road hazard in Russell County, VA

Thursday, September 9th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

Heavy rains caused debris from an inactive coal mine to block portions of VA State Route 632 in late August — an event that might become all too common with climate change-fueled rainfall likely to intensify. [ Read More ]

A bond forfeiture, unpaid fines, and a no-show: one month in the life of a Jim Justice family coal mine

Friday, July 9th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

As a Virginia mine continues to rack up environmental and safety problems, state regulators are proceeding with their strongest enforcement option — bond forfeiture. Based on the track record of related Justice family companies, the situation is not likely to improve. [ Read More ]

Enforcement of mine cleanup rules is needed to protect communities, create jobs

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

During a recent House Natural Resources hearing on the issue of sluggish, inadequate, or totally non-existent reclamation on currently permitted coal mines, community advocates called for federal regulators to firmly enforce existing regulations and act in the public interest. [ Read More ]

Tighter silica rules needed to protect miners from black lung disease

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Coal miners are legally allowed to be exposed to twice as much dangerous silica dust as any other worker. That needs to change. [ Read More ]



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