Heaven Sensky

Heaven Lee Sensky (she/her) is the Organizing Director with the Center for Coalfield Justice. She primarily serves Washington and Greene Counties on issues of Oil and Gas development and provides support for our organizing team. Heaven has been with CCJ for 4 years, working on a variety of campaigns serving impacted community members including advocacy around the prevalence of rare childhood cancers, the impacts of waste generated and disposed of by the oil and gas industry, and advocating for harm reduction in relation to the opioid epidemic. CCJ is organizing frontline residents through grassroots efforts to advocate for healthy communities with thriving economies.

Heaven was born and raised on a small farm in Washington County where her family has resided for 5 generations. She is a first-generation college student and a graduate of American University (Washington, D.C.) with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Law Studies, Economics, and Government. Before joining team CCJ, Heaven interned in the United States Senate and for the office of Barack and Michelle Obama. She lives with her husband Casey and her dog Olive on her family farm.

Contact Heaven at heaven@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

Blog Posts by Heaven Sensky

Health Advocacy Groups Press PA Department of Health on Monitoring and Testing of Shale Gas Development Emissions, Including Radioactive Waste Streams; Urge More Physician and Community Interaction

By Heaven Sensky | June 8, 2021

Despite the financial inconsistencies, the DOH seemed receptive to the ongoing request for a visit to Southwestern Pennsylvania. Heaven Sensky, Community Organizer for Center for Coalfield Justice, said, “It is absolutely imperative that representatives from the Department of Health, who are making decisions and drawing conclusions about our exposure to harmful fossil fuel extraction, come to our communities and witness themselves what we are facing. One cannot begin to understand the proximity and density of families whose homes and lives have been invaded by the fossil fuel industry without taking the time to witness it. We welcome the Department of Health to our community, and we hope that their experience here will better inform them moving forward with the study.”

CCJ Celebrates Earth Day With Three Events

By Heaven Sensky | April 30, 2021

This past Earth Week was busy for the CCJ team. We kicked off festivities on Saturday April 24th by supporting the Izaak Walton League Harry Enstrom Chapter of Greene County in their tree planting event at the State Gamelands in Garards Fort. Together with Izaak Walton League, CCJ Staff Heaven Sensky and Veronica Coptis, along […]

Overdose deaths are rising. Why not try something different?

By Heaven Sensky | April 27, 2021

This is the 20th installment in our What’s on your mind? blog series and was written by CCJ Community Organizer Heaven Sensky. This past year has brought many new challenges to many of our families, including mine. I lost someone very young and dear to me to an accidental overdose this past fall. My loved […]

140 Residents Attended Last Week’s Virtual Town Hall on the PA Department of Health’s Response to Local Cancer Crisis

By Heaven Sensky | December 8, 2020

Screenshot of the November 19th Virtual Town Hall event On November 22, 2019, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the state would commit $3 million to study the health impacts of fracking in Southwestern Pennsylvania communities after reports showed an alarming number of children in our area were diagnosed with rare childhood cancers. Since then, there […]

Cecil Township Holds Additional Oil and Gas Ordinance Workshop

By Heaven Sensky | October 7, 2020

This blog was written by Heaven Sensky, Community Organizer, and Mark Dugan, Organizing Fellow for CCJ, after they attended the latest meeting about oil and gas ordinances in Cecil Township. If you or someone you know has concerns about the current and future oil and gas development in Cecil Township, the Center for Coalfield Justice, […]

Back to School in a Pandemic: What you Need to Know about Local Decisions

By Heaven Sensky | August 13, 2020

As if all of the hustle of getting back to school isn’t enough to overwhelm a family as it is, people are facing uncertainty about what school might look like for their kids amidst the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. While there are certainly differing opinions across our community about what ‘safety” might and should […]

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