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Lisa DePaoli

Lisa (Coffield) DePaoli joined the CCJ staff in 2018 and is now our Communications Director. 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," including the voices of those who are most impacted. 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@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

Blog Posts by Lisa DePaoli

Press Release: Cecil Township to Hold Public Hearing on Oil and Gas Ordinance Amendments Tonight

By Lisa DePaoli | June 5, 2024

Tonight, Cecil Township convened a public hearing at 6:00 PM to deliberate amendments to its Oil and Gas Ordinance. Community advocates and residents are rallying for increased setbacks beyond the proposed 1,000 feet, emphasizing the urgent need to enhance safety measures.

Press Release: Cause of fire, what was burning still unknown after Omnis Bailey fire

By Lisa DePaoli | June 4, 2024

Critical details regarding the fire that consumed a three-story building owned and operated by Omnis Bailey LLC on May 20 remain unknown. The blaze sent thick black plumes of smoke over miles of Washington and Greene Counties, raising significant public health and safety concerns. Despite the gravity of the situation, neither Omnis Bailey nor CONSOL have provided clear information about the incident, particularly regarding the chemicals involved in the fire beyond diesel fuel.

Press Release: Chemical fire at a building at Bailey Mine in East Finley

By Lisa DePaoli | May 20, 2024

The Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ) is deeply concerned about the chemical fire that broke out early this morning at the Omnis Bailey Plant, located on the CONSOL Energy property in Greene County. The fire has necessitated an extended response from local and regional fire crews and first responders, raising significant environmental and public health concerns.

Press Release: Hundreds of Residents Warn Against “Living in Dystopia” to Cecil Board Hearing Wednesday

By Lisa DePaoli | May 8, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Lisa DePaoli, 412-229-7116, lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.orgArielle Cohen, 516-983-5440, arielle@acohen.llc  HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS WARN AGAINST “LIVING IN A DYSTOPIA” TO CECIL BOARD HEARING WEDNESDAY Area residents and homeowners gather to support increase in fracking well setbacks to protect new housing developments and residents. CECIL TOWNSHIP, PA – MAY 8, 2024 – Hundreds of […]

Three PA Senators to Co-Sponsor Legislation Encouraging Solar for PA Schools

By Lisa DePaoli | March 28, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Lisa DePaoli, lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org, 412-229-7116  Three PA Senators to Co-Sponsor Legislation Encouraging Solar for PA Schools Washington, PA – Pennsylvania Senators Bartolotta, Comitta, and Hughes plan to introduce legislation to encourage the use of solar at Pennsylvania schools. The Solar for Schools Grant Program for public schools and universities will reduce energy […]

Sen. Fetterman Proposes Groundbreaking Whole Home Repairs Program at the National Level

By Lisa DePaoli | March 7, 2024

Washington, PA – Most Americans want the same thing: a safe, secure place to call home. But for too long, elected officials failed to prioritize decent living standards – that is, until 2022, when thanks to the tireless organizing of grassroots organizations and coalitions across Pennsylvania, the state added Whole-Home Repairs to the budget. Whole-Home Repairs became the first program in the nation to establish a one-stop shop for home repairs and weatherization while creating family-sustaining jobs in impacted communities.  

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