A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

A Community of Resistance

Nancy Bouldin, Lynda Majors, and Donna Pitt have fought the Mountain Valley Pipeline since 2014, uniting in a coalition that spans multiple states.


A Cloud of Coal Mine Dust over a West Virginia Community Points to Regulatory Shortcomings

As residents of the Eunice community in West Virginia grapple with coal mine dust, regulations governing air pollution offer little help.


Ticks: Get to Know Them, and Then Avoid Them

Climate change has led to an increase in the population and range of these tiny, disease-spreading bloodsuckers.


The Beast of Bristol: The Landfill Haunting Residents of the Twin Cities

Terrible, persistent smells from the Bristol landfill have put a damper on quality of life for residents of the Twin Cities. Officials acknowledge the problem, but there's no clear path forward.


Blackjewel’s Catastrophic Bankruptcy and the Collapse of the Mine Cleanup System

Blackjewel's bankruptcy demonstrates how the mine cleanup system is coming undone — and how nearby residents bear the burden when coal companies fail to repair their damage.



Black Lung Advocate Judith Riffe is Making Change (and Quilts) in West Virginia

Judith Riffe of the Wyoming County Black Lung Association uses her quilt-making talents to fundraise for the chapter and is spearheading the installation of a statue to bring attention to the role of women miners.


Black Appalachian Coalition Aims to Shift Narrative on Energy, Other Issues

The Black Appalachian Coalition is seeking to amplify the voices of Appalachia’s people of color, whose stories are often left out of policy discussions about energy and other issues in the region. Bishop Marcia Dinkins, the group’s founder and executive director, recently talked with the Energy News Network about the coalition's work.


Building Community Internet in the Clearfork Valley

The Southern Connected Communities Project is working to bring high-speed internet to Clairfield, Tenn., and other underserved rural areas.


Clean Up Your Local Creek With Tips From The Pros

Organizing a river or lake cleanup is a fun, effective way to improve local water quality and make a tangible difference. Three river cleanup pros share their tips!



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Special Notes

The Appalachian Voice shifts to online-only

We are ceasing the print publication of The Appalachian Voice for the time being due to the impact of the pandemic, but we will continue to publish new stories online. Read more.


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