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Veronica Coptis

Veronica Coptis joined the CCJ staff in March 2013 as a Community Organizer and is now serving as the Executive Director. She grew up in western Greene County near the Bailey Mine Complex and currently lives in the eastern part of the county. Before joining the CCJ staff, Veronica served on the Board of Directors for CCJ and organized with Mountain Watershed Association. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from West Virginia University. She enjoys hiking and geocaching at Ryerson State Park and other areas around Greene County with her husband and daughters. Read more about Veronica in a New Yorker Magazine profile at https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/03/the-future-of-coal-country.

Contact Veronica Coptis at veronica@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org

 

Blog Posts by Veronica Coptis

Meet the New CCJ Team Members

By Veronica Coptis | May 20, 2022

This summer, CCJ will be hosting community meetings, educational events, festivals, and tabling around the community. Joining our team to help with our summer blitz are four fellows and a community organizer. Read more about each of them below:  Allison Evans (she/her) is our new organizer working primarily in Washington County, where she was born […]

Hundreds of Homes to be Undermined in Upcoming Mine Expansions: Donate Now to Support Coalfield Communities!

By Veronica Coptis | March 15, 2022

The effects of coal mining on communities and the environment is what originally led to the  formation of a coalition of grassroots groups and individuals called the “Tri-State Citizens Mining Network” in 1994 – the organization that is now CCJ. The people involved recognized the need to work together to build a strong voice in […]

CCJ Fellowship Program Application Open

By Veronica Coptis | March 10, 2022

A core focus of our work is to invest in community leaders because we believe people who live the daily impacts of fossil extraction are experts in their lived experiences and should be leading the transition to a healthier environment and thriving economy. We are excited to announce our 2022 Fellowship Program to invest in […]

Anti-RGGI House Bill 637 Is a Bad Deal for Pennsylvania

By Veronica Coptis | March 3, 2022

This piece was written by Veronica Coptis in response to a proposed amendment to House Bill 637. For context, see this article in the Indiana Gazette and this one in the PA Environment Digest blog.  I’m from coal country. Like other coal communities, we have been neglected by the rest of the country. I grew […]

You Can’t Solve the Climate Crisis without a Just Transition

By Veronica Coptis | February 18, 2022

The Center for Coalfield Justice is excited to announce a new blog series written by our staff: Examining Climate. For the first half of the year, CCJ staff members will be sharing their favorite (or least favorite) climate solution, looking at the benefits and the costs in the hope of sparking an honest conversation about how we […]

CNX Resources Enters into Plea Agreement to Air Pollution Control Act Violations, Commits $30,000 to South Franklin Township and 184 Acres of Land to Elizabeth Township

By Veronica Coptis | December 3, 2021

Center for Coalfield Justice member’s complaints and recordkeeping precipitated DEP investigation and criminal charges Washington, PA – December 2nd, 2021, CNX Resources Corporation signed a no contest plea to criminal violations of the Air Pollution Control Act resulting from an investigation into air quality complaints by a Center for Coalfield Justice member determined to protect […]

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