Our Work

All of our work is informed and directed by people who live in Washington and Greene Counties. We work with people around the issues that are impacting them, which typically fall into four pillars: Coal, Oil/Gas & Petrochemical, Economic Justice, and Democracy. Through our work in these categories, our focus is to invest in the leadership of those who are most impacted and to help create communities of people that possess the skills and analysis to advocate for their basic rights to a healthy environment and thriving economy.

Directly below, you can access more information on the different facets of our work, and our blogs appear beneath, beginning with the most recent.

Updates on our Work

Today is World Water Day, and coalfield residents need your help!

By Kristen Locy | March 21, 2022

DONATE NOW Imagine waking up and starting to make your morning coffee only to find that your water has stopped flowing. Many of those who live in coal country, unfortunately, […]

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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 […]

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Union Township Residents Delay Vote on Sarah Well Pad to Demand More Public Health Protections

By Heaven Sensky | March 11, 2022

On March 9th, Union Township residents organized together to pressure their Board of Supervisors to delay a vote to approve the conditions for the Sarah Well Pad. They won an […]

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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 […]

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Why Saving Seeds is a Radical Act

By Kristen Locy | March 8, 2022

Growing your own food and saving your own seeds is a radical act of self-sufficiency. In our modern, fast-paced world, many people would say food comes from “the supermarket” and […]

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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 […]

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A Recap of our February Community Meeting: Examining Climate

By Lisa DePaoli | February 24, 2022

At our February Community Meeting on Tuesday night, we launched our Examining Climate blog series by discussing two critical topics related to climate change: a Just Transition and renewable energy.  […]

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CCJ Applauds Funding to Reclaim Abandoned Mine Lands and Close and Clean Up Orphaned Gas Wells and Sites

By Lisa DePaoli | February 22, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Lisa DePaoli, lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org, 724-229-3550, ext. 5   WASHINGTON, PA — In response to the Department of the Interior announcing almost $245 million for the state of Pennsylvania […]

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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 […]

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Pennsylvania to receive $1.07 billion from the $26 billion opioid settlement

By Paul Fedore | February 15, 2022

As of January 26th, all 67 Pennsylvania counties have joined the $26 billion settlement agreement with the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors – Cardinal, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Johnson & Johnson […]

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