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Our blogs are written by the staff of the Center for Coalfield Justice, with an occasional guest post. The most recent post appears on top, and others show up below in order of publishing date. You can receive the blogs in your inbox by signing up for our mailing list. Once per month we publish a newsletter, which contains most of the blog posts.

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Tell your Legislator to Support Guaranteed Funding for Whole Home Repairs!

Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro proposed $50 million in state funding for the “Whole-Home Repairs” program in his 2024 budget proposal. Last year he did the same, only for funding to be blocked because of partisan politics. The Whole Home Repairs program allows homeowners and small landlords to make necessary home repairs, including weatherization, water or…

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Governor Shapiro’s Ten Year Plan Fails to Envision a Just, Sustainable Economy

Main Street, Canonsburg. Photo by Allison Evans On January 30th, Governor Shapiro released his administration’s Ten Year Strategic Plan for Economic Development in Pennsylvania.  Governor Shapiro could have used this moment to champion a vision for Pennsylvania that invests in sustainable industries that protect the health and financial stability of residents across the Commonwealth. Instead,…

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The Ram Mine Has Been Denied

Mingo Creek taken by Allison Evans The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) accepted an application for a new underground mine – the Ram No. 1 Mine – on February 25, 2015. Ram Mining, LLC (RAM), a Kentucky-based company with a history of coal mining in West Virginia and southwestern Virginia, submitted the application. RAM’s…

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

        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…

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January 2024 Newsletter

Read our monthly e-newsletter, which will update you on our work, current action items, and upcoming events. Learn About Pore Space and Carbon Capture Before You Sell Your Rights! Tenaska Energy, Inc. is reportedly attempting to purchase ‘pore space rights’ from landowners in Washington and Greene Counties for incoming carbon capture and storage projects in the region….

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

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.

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2023 Year End Review

This holiday season, extend your generosity and support for environmental justice in Washington and Greene Counties! Click here to Donate Today! Author CCJ View all posts

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November 2023 Newsletter

Read our monthly e-newsletter, which will update you on our work, current action items, and upcoming events. CCJ & MAD-FACTS VISIT HARRISBURG TO CALL FOR MORE HEALTH PROTECTIONS FROM FRACKING On Monday, November 13th, members of MAD-FACTS (Moms and Dads: Family Awareness of Cancer Threat Spike), CCJ staff, concerned parents, and residents of Washington and Greene…

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

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.” 

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GOV SHAPIROS ANNOUNCEMENT OF CNX PARTNERSHIP IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO COMMUNITIES SUFFERING FROM YEARS OF DRILLING Twitter Post

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

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…

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