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

Our air. Our lives.

Thursday, October 18th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Hundreds of Virginians voiced their concerns this summer about a massive fracked gas compressor station proposed in the heart of Virginia as part of the risky Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Some of them have everything at stake -- their health, home and heritage as part of the historic African-American community of Union Hill. [ More ]


Black lung survivors take their case to Congress

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Residents of Southwest Virginia went to Washington, D.C., to tell Congress about the plight of their neighbors, friends, family members and other coal miners with black lung disease. [ More ]


Mountain Valley Pipeline ordered to halt construction at stream crossings

Thursday, October 11th, 2018 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | 1 Comment

Construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is now halted at nearly all stream crossings in West Virginia and Virginia, following a court ruling and an announcement from the Army Corps of Engineers. [ More ]


High Country energy contest winner receives home upgrades

Friday, October 5th, 2018 | Posted by Lauren Essick | No Comments

Amy Cook of Boone, N.C., recently received energy-saving home improvements through our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest. The contest highlighted the need for affordable weatherization programs. [ More ]


Grassroots campaign draws historic crowd to East Tennessee electric co-op’s annual meeting

Friday, September 28th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

On Sept. 15, more than 1,200 members of Powell Valley Electric Cooperative gathered for the co-op's annual meeting as the group PVEC Member Voices led a grassroots campaign promoting transparency, member involvement and environmental stewardship. [ More ]


A hurricane’s aftermath

Friday, September 21st, 2018 | Posted by Amy Adams | 1 Comment

Floodwaters continue to spread toxic contamination from hog farms and coal ash impoundments, and have raised concerns about the social disparity of the residents impacted by the disaster. [ More ]


North Carolina needs maximum protections from Duke Energy’s coal ash pollution

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Adams | 2 Comments

NC DEQ is asking for input from residents and experts on a new set of rules to govern the way coal ash is handled in the state. [ More ]


Federal fund for black lung healthcare in danger

Thursday, September 6th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 2 Comments

Our elected representatives need to step up and make sure coal companies pay their fair share toward healthcare for coal miners with black lung disease. [ More ]


PVEC member voices need to be heard on Sept. 15

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

Powell Valley Electric Cooperative's annual meeting is coming up — and now, more than ever, member voices need to be heard. [ More ]


Al Gore, Rev. Barber tour coal-impacted communities in N.C.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 1 Comment

The former vice president joined with the Poor People's Campaign and others on a two-day tour to highlight the link between environmental injustice and poverty. [ More ]


FERC halts construction of Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines

Monday, August 13th, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In the span of two weeks, federal court rulings exposed major flaws in the permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipeline, bringing construction to a halt. [ More ]


New map shows more acreage disturbed per ton of coal mined now than 30 years ago

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | 1 Comment

Researchers from SkyTruth, Duke University, and Appalachian Voices recently released the first-ever peer-reviewed study of the year-by-year footprint of surface coal mining, including mountaintop removal mining, in Central Appalachia, and the results are sobering. [ More ]