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

How do we structure our organizing principles at CCJ?

By Kristen Locy | March 29, 2022

At the Center for Coalfield Justice, we are rooted in our communities here in Washington and Greene Counties. We take a bottom-up approach to our work, meaning the Center for […]

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Pennsylvania’s 2022 Redistricting Process is Complete

By Paul Fedore | March 28, 2022

After months of a very long and confusing redistricting process, the state of Pennsylvania has now approved Congressional, House, and Senate district maps. The interactive maps can be explored at […]

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A Transition is Needed: Yet, We Might Want to Question What We Are Transitioning Into

By Ethan Story | March 28, 2022

Natural gas, once presented as an energy source to help the transition from coal, has transformed into a relatively inexpensive and reliable energy source worldwide. However, our reliance on fossil fuels has resulted in irreparable and immense destruction of land and lives. That is why there are many making the argument for a just transition. Part of this transition plan, very simply, is that we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and slowly start to transition that reliance to renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. 

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Oil and Gas Amid Invasion of Ukraine: Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

By Sarah Martik | March 23, 2022

Oil and gas prices are hitting families across the globe exceptionally hard in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Narratives around who’s to blame and what could/should/would be happening […]

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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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