Meetings

Thanks for a Great Member Meeting!

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Our July member and supporter meeting was well attended, with plenty food and good conversation. Thank you to all who came; we enjoyed seeing and talking with each one of you! During the meeting, we heard from Garrett Hoover, a graduate student in biology at West Liberty University who is helping us with water monitoring. We also watched a short film on environmental justice, including how it’s tied into other forms of justice and how we can accomplish big, important things when we work together! The post-film discussion was inspiring!

At CCJ, we’re always working to find ways to empower, educate, organize, and advocate for people in the communities we serve, and we look forward to seeing and talking with you soon. We will be tabling at the Washington County Fair in Building 1 all this week. Stop and see us if you can!  Also, don’t forget to add the date of our next meeting to your calendar: August 27th from 6-8 p.m.!

CRDA no. 7 Public Hearing Recap

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A Public Hearing for the pending Coal Refuse Disposal Area (CRDA) No. 7 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) water permit was held last Wednesday, July 17 at the Morris Township Community Center in Graysville, PA.  The Observer-Reporter and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette attended the meeting (and their stories are linked here with their respective names).  

Only a handful of concerned residents were able to make the mid-afternoon meeting time on a Wednesday: the meeting was held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. In our history of requesting and attending meetings like this, community members have consistently pressed for meetings to be held at times that are accessible to residents, but these requests are invariably ignored. The unwillingness to consider residents is a disservice, and allows for an inaccurate portrait of a lack of concern around the issue.  

For their part, Consol Energy doesn’t mind the low turnout. “We own all the surface properties affected by the construction in this permit area, so we didn’t expect a lot of people to show up,” said Anthony Drezewski, Consol’s director of land resources. They didn’t expect many people to attend because they have effectively and systematically removed them (and thus, part of the “problem”) from the permit area. Not only have these landowners and taxpayers been displaced, but the coal companies will now devastate and devalue some 900 acres of a beautiful, lush and thriving valley. This, in turn, will drive down property values and bring further costs to taxpayers!

Consol executives will use and abuse the land and workers until it no longer lines their pocketbooks, and then the burden of their operations will fall upon the taxpayers of Greene County and the rest of Pennsylvania.  


Join Us for our Monthly Meeting on July 30th!

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Please join us for our monthly meeting for members and supporters (that's you!) on July 30th. You are the center of our work; without you, we wouldn’t exist. We want to engage more directly in person with you, and so we are offering more frequent member meetings than we were able to offer in the past. 

Come to the office of the Center for Coalfield Justice at 14 East Beau Street in Washington, PA*, on July 30th from 6:00-8:00 PM. We will be offering potluck dishes (feel free to bring your own!) and showing a short film about climate and environmental justice starting at 6:30 PM, after which we’ll have a brief discussion and conversation.

 If you're coming, kindly let us know on our Facebook page for the event. You can also advise us there if you’re bringing a contribution to the potluck. Alternatively, give us a call at 724-229-3550.

 You’ll also be able to learn about our current work and volunteer opportunities, as well as share with us your ideas about the direction of CCJ. 

 Our communities are the heart of our organization, and we are focused on organizing, educating, and advocating with you. We really look forward to seeing you on July 30th! 

*Accessible entrance to the Center for Coalfield Justice Office is through the Washington Trust Building on 6 N Main St, Washington, PA 15301. Once entering the building use the elevator to go to the basement level, turn left out of the elevator, and go down the hallway. Our office is through the steel doors on your left. (Please let us know if you will be using this entrance)

Bailey Mine Expansion Recap and CRDA No.7 Reminder

Coal slurry and waste currently filling a Greene County valley

Coal slurry and waste currently filling a Greene County valley

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection held an informal public conference last Tuesday July 2 concerning the Consol Bailey Mine longwall expansion. In Richhill and Aleppo Townships, 2,510 acres will be longwall mined. According to the operator, there are no proposed stream impacts that will require stream mitigation. Few people attended due to the 1-3 p.m. meeting time on a Tuesday, but we collected useful information concerning the expansion if you are concerned or have questions.  

Also, as a reminder, there is an upcoming public hearing for the pending Coal Refuse Disposal Area (CRDA) No. 7 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) water permit. It will take place Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 1-3 P.M. at the Morris Township Community Center located at 1713 Browns Creek Road, Graysville, PA 15337. Consol Energy is seeking the permit to fill in another valley that will impact 900 acres and fill small headwater streams that are valuable components of downstream ecosystems. The proposed discharges associated with this valley fill further threaten those ecosystems.  The Center for Coalfield Justice will be preparing a technical review and comments and can help residents with providing  their comments to DEP as well.  

If you have any questions, comments, or need help preparing comments please contact Nick at nick@coalfieldjustice.org or 724-229-3550 extension 104.  


Public Hearing for Coal Refuse Disposal Area No. 7 Water Permit

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Join the Center for Coalfield Justice at the Public Hearing for the pending Coal Refuse Disposal Area (CRDA) No. 7 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) water permit.  It will take place Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 1-3 P.M. at the Morris Township Community Center located at 1713 Browns Creek Road, Graysville, PA 15337.  

Another beautiful and lush valley will be scoured and then filled in with toxic coal waste.  Consol Energy is seeking another permit to fill in an additional valley that will impact 900 acres and fill small headwater streams that are valuable components of downstream ecosystems.  The proposed discharges associated with this valley fill further threaten those ecosystems.

Come to the meeting and provide your comments and concerns to PA Department of Environmental Protection officials.  Help us stop coal waste from destroying our valleys, streams and ecosystems. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Nick Hood at nick@coalfieldjustice.org or 724-229-3550 ext. 104.  


Bailey Mine Expansion Public Conference

There is a pending revision for Bailey Mine that will add 2,510 acres of existing underground permit area and underground subsidence control plan area from development mining to longwall mining.  We encourage you to attend the July 2, 2019 informal public conference held by the PA Department of Environmental Protection from 1-3 P.M. at Ryerson Station State Park Visitor Center located at 361 Bristoria Road, Wind Ridge, PA 15380.  Department representatives will be available to receive written and verbal testimony regarding the permit. 

The proposed revision is in Richhill & Aleppo Townships, Greene County. Below is a picture of a map that we know is challenging to read, so please call the office to see if you are within the permit boundary: 

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The proposed revision also requests approval to perform minor types of stream restoration as may be necessary for streams located within the proposed revision.  Long Run, Blacks Creek, South Fork Dunkard Fork and numerous other Unnamed Tributaries are within the subsidence control area. Please attend this public meeting to ensure the protection of your property, water supplies, and the health of these streams and our drinking water.  If you have any questions or comments or if you need help creating your written or verbal testimony regarding this permit, please contact Nick at nick@coalfieldjustice.org or 724-229-3550 ext. 104.