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

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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Radon: What it is, and how we can protect our families

By Ethan Story | December 21, 2021

What Is Radon? Radon is created when uranium found in the soil, rocks, and underground water breaks down. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and travels vertically through holes and […]

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On the naughty list: State funding for a facility to transport fracking wastewater

By Paul Fedore | December 17, 2021

As more and more decorations are being hung throughout our communities, you can feel the spirit of the holidays in the air. Soon enough, people will be together with their […]

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CNX Resources Enters into Plea Agreement to Air Pollution Control Act Violations, Commits $30,000 to South Franklin Township and 184 Acres of Land to Elizabeth Township

By Veronica Coptis | December 3, 2021

Center for Coalfield Justice member’s complaints and recordkeeping precipitated DEP investigation and criminal charges Washington, PA – December 2nd, 2021, CNX Resources Corporation signed a no contest plea to criminal […]

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“The New Coal” — What Climate Conversations Miss About Coal Communities

By Sarah Martik | November 22, 2021

A report was recently released by Beyond Plastics, a non-profit organization based out of Bennington College in Vermont that seeks to end plastic pollution.  This 21-page report does a wonderful […]

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Proposed Rulemaking on CRDAs

By Ethan Story | November 16, 2021

Act 74 of 2019 Previously, PA’s Coal Refuse Disposal Control Act limited the temporary cessation of operations at coal refuse disposal sites to no more than 1 year. The Federal […]

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Hemp Can Help to Regrow Our Local Economy

By Kristen Locy | November 10, 2021

In late September, a few CCJ staff members took a field trip to Burnsville Hemp Company in West Finley in Washington County, with Greene County and the Bailey Mine CRDA […]

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CCJ Applauds Governor Wolf, Lawmakers on Actions to Prioritize Environmental Justice

By Lisa DePaoli | October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, PA — In response to Governor Wolf’s Executive Order to codify and expand the Office of Environmental Justice and the Environmental Justice Advisory Board (EJAB), and planned legislation by the Black Caucus to both support the executive order and require an environmental impact statement on permits, the Center for Coalfield Justice released the following statement:

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