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

CCJ Sierra Club Conference at Capitol

Environmental Groups, Locals Speak Out Against Bill Threatening to Harm PA Streams

By Veronica Coptis | May 23, 2017
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Whitehorn Run (Dry)

Post-Gazette: Bill defining coal mining pollution advances in PA Senate

By Veronica Coptis | May 23, 2017
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Whitehorn Run (Dry)

StateImpact: Senate Advance Controversial Coal Mining Bill

By Veronica Coptis | May 23, 2017
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SWEHP Presentation Buffalo Township

Living with the Effects of Shale Gas Extraction

By Sarah Martik | May 22, 2017
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Observer-Reporter: Consol agrees not to mine near Kent Run in Ryerson Station

By Veronica Coptis | May 18, 2017
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Kent Run Ryerson

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

By Sarah Winner | May 17, 2017
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Nemacolin Slag Dump Greene County

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

By Sarah Martik | May 15, 2017
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Just Transition Eastern Kentucky video

A Just Transition: Creating the New Economy in Eastern Kentucky

By Veronica Coptis | May 12, 2017

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 […]

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N. Fork Dunkard Fork Iron bridge Ryerson

Our Streams Under Attack – Fight Back!

By Veronica Coptis | May 11, 2017
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SB 624 Proposed changes vs current law

What will Senate Bill 624 Change?

By Sarah Winner | May 1, 2017

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 […]

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Scott Pruitt visit to GC Mine

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

By Veronica Coptis | April 14, 2017

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 […]

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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 Veronica Coptis | April 10, 2017

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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