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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.

SWEHP Presentation Buffalo Township

Living with the Effects of Shale Gas Extraction

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Observer-Reporter: Consol agrees not to mine near Kent Run in Ryerson Station

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Kent Run Ryerson

DCNR and Consol reach an agreement on stream remediation within Ryerson Station State Park

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Nemacolin Slag Dump Greene County

King Coal certainly ruled our past, but it does not have to rule our future.

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Just Transition Eastern Kentucky video

A Just Transition: Creating the New Economy in Eastern Kentucky

Our allies Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) and the Mountain Associations for Community Economic Development (MACED) and their supporters are doing powerful work to build a clean and just new economy in eastern Kentucky. Check out this video that shows real examples of what can happen as coal jobs are lost to a dwindling market. …

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N. Fork Dunkard Fork Iron bridge Ryerson

Our Streams Under Attack – Fight Back!

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SB 624 Proposed changes vs current law

What will Senate Bill 624 Change?

Senator Joe Scarnati and Senator Gene Yaw introduced Senate Bill No. 624 (SB 624) last month, and it is now before the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. SB 624 proposes amendments to the Bituminous Mine Subsidence and Land Conservation Act (commonly referred to as Act 54 or the Mine Subsidence Act). Senator Scarnati’s Chief Counsel,…

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Scott Pruitt visit to GC Mine

Pennsylvanians Respond to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Visit to Greene County Mine

Following U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s visit to a local coal mine, the Center for Coalfield Justice and Sierra Club Beyond Coal hosted a press conference where Pennsylvanians gathered to criticize Pruitt’s efforts to put polluter profits ahead of communities health and environment. Speakers criticized Administrator Pruitt and his “back-to-basics” plan for…

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Bailey Mine Prep Plant Greene County

PA DEP Environmental Justice Listening Tour: A Guide to Current EJ Rules and Potential Changes

by Kirk Jalbert, Manager of Community-Based Research & Engagement, Fractracker Alliance
and Veronica Coptis, Executive Director

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be hosting a nine-stop “listening tour” to hear residents’ perspectives on environmental justice (EJ). These sessions begin in the western part of the state on April 12th and 13th. The dates and locations of these meetings can be found here. The DEP will also be accepting written comments, which can be either mailed or emailed to DEP-OEJ@pa.gov.

The EJ listening tour follows on the heels of events in May 2016, when environmental advocacy groups questioned the well pad siting practices oil and gas drilling company Range Resources, causing the DEP to announce it would revisit its EJ policies. Such changes would include reassessing how EJ zones are designated and what kinds of development triggers additional scrutiny by the DEP’s Office of Environmental Justice. We wrote about this story, and detailed how present EJ rules fail to account for oil and gas development in June 2016.

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Veronica Sarah W. Patrick

Changes at CCJ

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