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

Tell White House officials that coal mine cleanup must be a priority

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

Insufficient bonding systems and decades of poor enforcement of mine reclamation law have led to a severe backlog in abandoned mines — and a new wave of coal bankruptcies is exacerbating the problem. [ Read More ]

Blackjewel mine creates emergency road hazard in Russell County, VA

Thursday, September 9th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

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 ]

Miners with black lung call on Congress to protect benefits

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In an August webinar, advocates and representatives of the Black Lung Association discussed the critical importance for the passage of a permanent 25% increase to the Black Lung Excise Tax on coal companies. [ Read More ]

Utility disconnection protections: Let’s make it permanent

Monday, August 30th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Shutting off electricity and other vital utilities of families who can't afford their bills is unjust. During a pandemic, it's barbaric. Appalachian Voices offers solutions. [ Read More ]

Updates in the fight against MVP and MVP Southgate

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

Catch up on updates about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and its Southgate extension with upcoming events, regulatory developments and the latest news about construction of these projects and the communities fighting back. [ Read More ]

Highlights from the Energy Democracy in Action webinar series

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Advocates from across the country shared stories of how they gained control over how and where their power is produced during the first two webinars of the three-part Energy Democracy In Action series. Read the highlights and register for the third webinar. [ Read More ]

What the bipartisan infrastructure bill means for Appalachia

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

The Senate's nearly 3,000-page infrastructure bill would bring major investments in programs that support Appalachian communities, including abandoned mine cleanup and broadband. But the bill also has its flaws. [ 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 ]

A new wave of abandoned coal mines?

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

As coal collapses, the industry is leaving behind thousands of acres of mined lands in various states of environmental destruction. A new report seeks to understand the scope of the problem and outline potential solutions. [ Read More ]

New Tennessee law is a giveaway for coal companies

Monday, July 26th, 2021 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

A new Tennessee law that changes the way surface mining is regulated in the state will force Tennessee taxpayers to prop up the industry and make it easier for coal operators to walk away from mine reclamation. [ Read More ]

Proposed NC energy bill would enrich Duke Energy at its customers’ expense

Sunday, July 25th, 2021 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

Legislation that Duke Energy and NC Republican lawmakers have crafted in secret for the better part of six months is a horrific piece of public policy. [ Read More ]

The greenwashing of the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Friday, July 16th, 2021 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | No Comments

The developers of the climate-catastrophe that is the Mountain Valley Pipeline proudly announced a deal to offset the project's carbon emissions. Don't be fooled. [ Read More ]



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