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

Ramaco Withdraws Appeal, Ram No. 1 Mine will NOT Be Developed in Washington County!

By Lisa DePaoli | February 8, 2024

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2024 Media Contact: Lisa DePaoli, lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org, 724-229-3550, ext. 3   Ramaco Withdraws Appeal, Ram No. 1 Mine will NOT Be Developed in Washington County! Washington, PA – In November 2023, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) denied the permit for the Ram No. 1 underground mine […]

PA Budget Deal Leaves Out Whole-Home Repairs: State Officials Playing Politics with People’s Homes

By Lisa DePaoli | December 18, 2023

Washington and Greene Counties need more funding for the program, not less. So far, Washington County has granted awards for workforce development in the construction industry, which should help to address long-standing labor shortages. Greene County has prioritized veterans and disabled resident repairs, with a portion utilized for workforce development.

CCJ Applauds Gov Shapiro’s Decision to Appeal Court’s Block of RGGI

By Lisa DePaoli | November 22, 2023

Ethan Story, Advocacy Director for the Center for Coalfield Justice, stated “We are excited that the Governor has made this decision. Pennsylvania communities need this for many reasons. Although RGGI is not the perfect answer for our state, it is a step in the right direction toward a just transition. RGGI is something that most residents want and deserve. It also would bring incredible environmental benefits. It is unclear how the state would use the funds to bring frontline and coal communities the help they need and deserve. CCJ will continue to advocate for these funds to be invested into these communities.” 

Press Release: Gov Shapiro’s Announcement of CNX Partnership is a Slap in the Face to Communities Suffering from Years of Drilling

By Lisa DePaoli | November 2, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa DePaoli, lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org, 724-229-3550, ext. 3 GOV SHAPIRO’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF CNX PARTNERSHIP IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO COMMUNITIES SUFFERING FROM YEARS OF DRILLING Air emissions, water quality cannot and should not be self-reported by industry actors with a history of noncompliance Washington, PA – This is not CNX’s hero […]

Community Demands Accountability from EQT on Anniversary of Greene County Fracking Incident

By Lisa DePaoli | June 20, 2023

Residents and supporters rally, call for action to support the community concerned about contaminated water wells Canonsburg, PA – Time and time again, EQT shows that they don’t care about the communities they operate in. Since the corporation’s pollution incident last year, an entire community’s water supply has been at risk of being unusable due […]

Press Release: Parents Still Left in the Dark about Childhood Cancer Studies, Demand Update from Pitt and the DOH

By Lisa DePaoli | May 22, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2023 Contact: Lisa DePaoli, Communications Manager, Center for Coalfield Justice, 724-229-3550, lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org Ned Ketyer, M.D., F.A.A.P., President, Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania, 724-255-7440, ned@psrpa.org Scott Smith, Communications Manager, Environmental Health Project, 412-600-0738, ssmith@environmentalhealthproject.org PARENTS STILL LEFT IN THE DARK ABOUT CHILDHOOD CANCER STUDIES, DEMAND UPDATE FROM PITT AND DEPT OF […]

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