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September 2020 Coalfield Review

Posted Oct 5, 2020, by Lisa DePaoli


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Our 5th Annual Fall Fundraiser is October 16th!


While COVID-19 leaves us unable to meet in person, it also has given us the time and perspective to recognize that we have so much richness all around us: loving families of all kinds, neighbors who care for each other, and talents some of us didn't even know we had. Washington and Greene Counties are home to some fantastic artists, and we want to share their work with you!  Read more about our Fall Fundraiser and purchase tickets here!  We look forward to seeing you all on Friday, October 16th!

While COVID-19 leaves us unable to meet in person, it also has given us the time and perspective to recognize that we have so much richness all around us: loving families of all kinds, neighbors who care for each other, and talents some of us didn’t even know we had. Washington and Greene Counties are home to some fantastic artists, and we want to share their work with you! Read more about our Fall Fundraiser and purchase tickets here! We look forward to seeing you all on Friday, October 16th!

New House Resolution Challenges How PA Conducts its Election


Republicans in the state legislature have taken swift action to draft a  House Resolution  that could impede on our constitutional right to vote. This effort would create an “election integrity” committee made up of five House Representatives, three Republican and two Democrats.  The language of the resolution is ambiguous as to how the committee would operate. What it does say is that the committee would be granted the authority to “investigate, review, and make recommendations concerning the regulation and conduct of the 2020 general election….” What it doesn't say is when and how this “investigation” is to take place.  Read Ethan's blog here  about how this resolution could obstruct your vote and how to take action to stop it!

Republicans in the state legislature have taken swift action to draft a House Resolution that could impede on our constitutional right to vote. This effort would create an “election integrity” committee made up of five House Representatives, three Republican and two Democrats.

The language of the resolution is ambiguous as to how the committee would operate. What it does say is that the committee would be granted the authority to “investigate, review, and make recommendations concerning the regulation and conduct of the 2020 general election….” What it doesn’t say is when and how this “investigation” is to take place. Read Ethan’s blog here about how this resolution could obstruct your vote and how to take action to stop it!

Money Pit: Cumberland Closing Looms as Coal Companies Face Rapidly Diminishing Markets


In February, Contura Energy, the owners of the Cumberland Mining Complex near Waynesburg, contemplated its need for a $60-million coal-refuse impoundment in order to continue production, and the owners cited current finances and market conditions as being a major issue of concern. In June of 2020 Contura announced that it is actively marketing the mine and that it employs roughly 700 workers. Continue reading Nick's blog  here .

In February, Contura Energy, the owners of the Cumberland Mining Complex near Waynesburg, contemplated its need for a $60-million coal-refuse impoundment in order to continue production, and the owners cited current finances and market conditions as being a major issue of concern. In June of 2020 Contura announced that it is actively marketing the mine and that it employs roughly 700 workers. Continue reading Nick’s blog here.

October 21st is the 2nd Film in our Environmental Justice Fall Film Series: What Lies Upstream


CCJ, partnered with  OVEC  (Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition), will be showing the second film in our Environmental Justice Film Series, What Lies Upstream, on Wednesday, October 21st. After the film will be a discussion with local leaders in Environmental Justice communities and a chance to connect with each other virtually! Check out our  website events page  or our  Facebook event page  for more information and to register. Once you register, you'll receive the login information.

CCJ, partnered with OVEC (Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition), will be showing the second film in our Environmental Justice Film Series, What Lies Upstream, on Wednesday, October 21st. After the film will be a discussion with local leaders in Environmental Justice communities and a chance to connect with each other virtually! Check out our website events page or our Facebook event page for more information and to register. Once you register, you’ll receive the login information.

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  • Lisa DePaoli

    Lisa (Coffield) DePaoli joined the CCJ staff as Outreach Coordinator in December 2018 and moved into the role of Communications Manager in 2020. She grew up in rural Washington County, has family in both Washington and Greene Counties, and has always loved animals and spending time outdoors. A first-generation and nontraditional college student, her deep interest in human beings and ecology led her to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. She has worked on research projects and taught at the university level in the U.S. and in field schools in Latin America. The knowledge and experience she gained increased her concern for environmental and social justice issues, which she believes are best addressed at the local level, or from the "bottom up." Lisa works to understand issues from the local to the global, seeks to make a positive difference, and loves to talk to people about what interests or concerns them. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, furkids, and friends, and walking in the woods with her dogs. Contact Lisa at lisa@coalfieldjustice.org.

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