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

Legal victories against Mountain Valley Pipeline make completion unlikely

Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 1 Comment

Prospects for the future of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are grim for the company and its investors after recent decisions by judges at the federal leval and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. [ Read More ]

What it takes to reenergize Southwest Virginia

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022 | Posted by Robert Kell | 1 Comment

Economic development in Southwest Virginia could get a long overdue jumpstart with the suggestions Virginia Energy outlined in its Reenergize Southwest Final Report. The report, which was released in December 2021, makes recommendations for the General Assembly to support the economic transition in the coalfields after eliminating the state's coal tax credits in 2021. [ 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 ]

Can’t stop, won’t stop! Fighting to protect you and the environment at Virginia’s General Assembly

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 | Posted by Jen Lawhorne | No Comments

Virginia’s 2022 General Assembly gaveled in on January 12 for two months of legislative wrangling in the crowded halls of the state capitol! We expect to play defense on protecting pivotal laws that tackle the climate crisis, while pushing for progress in key areas. Don't sit this one out — we need all Virginia hands on deck! [ Read More ]

Federal review of mining rule may speed up complaint process

Monday, January 17th, 2022 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

An upcoming federal review of a mining rule could help speed up the process for coalfield residents who file federal complaints about state mining agencies. [ Read More ]

The ups and downs of the 2021 N.C. legislative session

Friday, December 17th, 2021 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

A long and contentious North Carolina legislative session was marked by a loss against HB 951, a win against HB 220, and an AV team more ready than ever to continue fighting for equity in our energy policies. [ Read More ]

Helping our neighbors in Kentucky

Friday, December 17th, 2021 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

In the wake of the tragic tornados that devastated communities in western Kentucky last week, our friends at Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are curating a growing list of ways to help. [ Read More ]

Wins and losses come as the fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline continues

Thursday, December 16th, 2021 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | No Comments

On Dec. 3 — after more than eight hours of public, industry and agency comments spread over two days — six of the seven members of the state Air Pollution Control Board voted to deny the air permit for the Lambert Compressor Station. [ Read More ]

Coalition formed to protect Virginia from metals mining

Thursday, December 16th, 2021 | Posted by Dan Radmacher | No Comments

At a virtual press conference on Dec. 13, the launch of the “Press Pause Coalition” was announced. The statewide coalition wants a moratorium on state agencies permitting gold, copper, zinc and lead mining. [ Read More ]

Online tool helps track status of mine ownership in aftermath of Blackjewel bankruptcy

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

The fate of thousands of acres of mines requiring tens of millions of dollars of reclamation was thrown into doubt when Blackjewel, Revelation Energy and affiliated mining operations filed for bankruptcy in July 2019. [ Read More ]

Building community awareness to solve acid mine drainage: A conversation with DJ Coker

Thursday, December 9th, 2021 | Posted by Contributing Writers | No Comments

DJ Coker of Duff, Tennessee found acid mine drainage at a nearby pond that used to be part of a coal mining operation. Now, he’s made it his mission to get the site cleaned up and demand accountability from those responsible. Watch DJ's story. [ 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 ]



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