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.

Contact Tonya at tonya@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

Blog Posts by Tonya Yoders

The New Freeport Fracking Incident Timeline and Updates

By Tonya Yoders | April 21, 2023

It has been almost a year since an EQT shale gas well interacted, or “communicated”, with a shallow abandoned well in New Freeport, PA. This resulted in fracking fluid spilling out and potentially getting into the water supply of residents in the area. This occurred on June 19, 2022, and it did not take long […]

Thanks To Generous Support From Our Community, Residents In New Freeport Have Clean Water For The Holidays

By Tonya Yoders | December 5, 2022

On Saturday, November 20, 2022, several members of CCJ staff helped to distribute water to residents of New Freeport who have been without safe, clean drinking water since June. This was possible because of the incredible support from all of the people who donated cases and jugs of water or who made monetary donations to […]

Donate Today to the New Freeport Water Drive

By Tonya Yoders | November 10, 2022

New Freeport, a community in Greene County, has been without safe, clean drinking water for 10 months. In June, a shale gas well owned by EQT 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 […]

Remembering and Honoring a Coal Miner’s Daughter – as an Oil-and-Gas Worker’s Daughter

By Tonya Yoders | October 25, 2022

This is the 24th installment in our What’s on your mind? blog series and was written by CCJ Community Organizer Tonya Yoders. Have something on your mind? Write about it! Please read this blog for more information. Growing up in rural Appalachia, on a dirt road in a single-wide trailer, forty-five minutes from the nearest grocery store, I […]

I-70 Accidents and “Construction” over Tunnel Ridge

By Tonya Yoders | June 10, 2022

This is the 21st installment in our What’s on your mind? blog series and was written by CCJ Community Organizer Tonya Yoders. Almost every day, I have to drive the stretch of I-70 interstate between Washington, PA and Wheeling, WV. More often than not, there are significant delays just trying to get to my destination. […]

We Need Your Help to Strengthen Protections for EJ Communities

By Tonya Yoders | April 12, 2022

This blog shows a past action about submitting comments for the draft policy of the Office of Environmental Justice.

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