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

New tool tracks reforestation on old surface mines

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Join us on Wednesday, May 26 at 11 a.m. for our release of a new tool that monitors the growth of trees and other vegetation on old surface coal mines in Central Appalachia. [ Read More ]


Coal communities and mine cleanup at the center of federal and grassroots efforts

Thursday, May 13th, 2021 | Posted by Katie Moody | No Comments

With bills on the Hill, proposals from the White House, new reports issued and forthcoming from grassroots advocates, and new projects underway, there is a lot happening when it comes to coal communities and mine cleanup! [ Read More ]


The need for full AML reauthorization and more

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Guest blogger Rebecca Shelton explains why politicians need to be focusing on investing more in coal communities, not less. Congress needs to pass Rep. Cartwright's abandoned mine lands bills. Rep. Cheney's bill, which would shortchange coal communities by slicing the fee, is unacceptable. [ Read More ]


Good and bad bills in NC legislature

Friday, April 23rd, 2021 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

It's spring, which means the bills coming into the North Carolina legislature are about as thick as the pollen in the air here. Our NC Field Coordinator Josh McClenney gives us a quick preview of the 2021 session. [ Read More ]


FERC setting up an “Office of Public Participation.” After 40 years.

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 | Posted by Jessica Sims | No Comments

Congress told FERC 40 years ago to start an "Office of Public Participation." The agency is finally doing it -- after decades of approving dirty-gas pipelines all across the country. [ 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 ]


Biden’s jobs plan holds promise for Appalachia

Thursday, April 1st, 2021 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

As an organization that cares deeply about the people, land and water of our region, we find much to applaud in the White House's American Jobs Plan. Read about what the plan entails and hear from us and partners about what this plan could mean for Appalachia. [ Read More ]


Building community power for economic transition in the coalfields

Thursday, March 18th, 2021 | Posted by Austin Counts | No Comments

The New Economy Network of Southwest Virginia continues to progress local conversations to bring positive change to the region. [ Read More ]


Communities call out Duke Energy’s harmful impacts

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

People from states served by Duke Energy recently testified before the newly formed, independent People's Commission that the utility's record on coal ash, electric rates and other issues is harming communities. [ Read More ]


It’s a wrap! A rundown of the 2021 Virginia General Assembly

Monday, March 15th, 2021 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

We and our allies fought hard for the health and well-being of communities and the environment, and we're grateful for the emails and calls you delivered to the legislature to support these efforts. [ Read More ]


Big opportunities to RECLAIM decades-old abandoned mines

Friday, March 5th, 2021 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Thousands of abandoned mine lands need to be reclaimed in Appalachia and across the country, and this reclamation work can create thousands of jobs. That's in addition to the creative community and economic projects that local people can build with new funding. [ Read More ]


Regulators decide on Kentucky Power’s third rate hike in five years

Friday, February 26th, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Although the Kentucky Public Service Commission denied the utility's original request for a 25 percent rate increase, the body approved a rate hike of 12.5 percent for residential customers. [ Read More ]



 

 


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