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Donate Today to the New Freeport Water Drive

Posted Nov 10, 2022, by Tonya Yoders

New Freeport, a community in Greene County, has been without safe, clean drinking water for over four months. In June, a shale gas well in the area had a frack out, which occurred when the chemicals pumped into the well to fracture the shale and release gas instead entered an abandoned well. Dozens of households are still in the dark about whether or not their drinking water is safe as state and private investigations are still being conducted. Additionally, many residents are outside the “zone of presumption” and are not being supplied with any replacement water.

Since June, residents have purchased every drop of water they drink or cook with. Some of them are still showering with unsafe water. The nearest big box store is 40 minutes away, and city water is unavailable in their area. These residents have had their quality of life unfairly inconvenienced and need assistance. The Center for Coalfield Justice is committed to helping. We are organizing a water drive and want to get our community members involved.

If you are willing and able to contribute cases or bottles of water, we will be collecting at the following times and dates:

November 12th, 10am – 3pm: First Baptist Church in Waynesburg — 303 W High St, Waynesburg, PA 15370

November 14th, 18th from 9am – 4pm: CCJ Office — 31 E Chestnut Street in Washington, PA.

If you want to help but can’t make it to one of our drop-off locations, you can make a monetary donation to contribute to refillable dispensers and water jugs for the affected households.

Please click here learn more about donating online or in-person.

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  • Tonya Yoders

    Tonya Yoders (she/her) has been a lifelong resident of Greene County. She has always worked within that community and with the people who live there. She has a background in pharmacy, direct support for adults with disabilities, and legal assisting but found CCJ through the organization’s social justice work in 2020. She became a CCJ board member that year, then joined the team full time as a Community Organizer in 2022. Tonya is looking forward to helping find solutions for the decreasing population in Greene County. She is excited to work with the people there to build an inclusive, economically diverse, and healthy environment for families to continue enjoying the round hills and country life that it is known for. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, photography, and hanging out with her cat, Leia.

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