In 2012, Stop the Frack Attack was formed as a short term organizing body that would help plan and execute the first ever national rally on fracking in Washington, DC. The rally quickly became a three day event which featured a lobby day, a mini-conference and strategy session, and a 5,000 person rally. After the rally, several of the groups involved in the planning realized the potential for national collaboration and the network was born.
In 2013, the network hosted its first series of events, including a national conference in Dallas, Texas and a people’s forum in Washington, DC. We also initiated work on a campaign to reopen the investigations in Parker County, Texas; Pavillion Wyoming; and Dimock, Pennsylvania. In 2014, Stop the Frack Attack did a series of speaking tours called Stories from Fracking Communities that had stops in DC, Maryland, California, and North Carolina. We also did a series of online trainings for community activists on a range of issues and continued to engage in the EPA campaign.
2015 is looking to be even more exciting with plans for a second national conference, a national needs assessment survey, and much more.
As the oil and gas industry expands into new communities more and more people are being directly and indirectly
affected by the oil and gas drilling boom. These impacted landowners and communities are increasingly fighting for their rights to clean air and water. This creates a unique opportunity to build a concerted national movement for justice even as we continue to campaign locally and in the states for positive change.
It is clear that the emerging movement demanding oil and gas justice needs ways to collaborate, coordinate, share resources, create tools, take action, build skills, engage new allies, and aggregate our collective grassroots power around strategic initiatives and campaigns that can protect communities from the impacts of fracking* and spur the transition to a clean, renewable energy future. Stop the Frack Attack began as three days of action, and is now evolving into a social movement hub and network for individuals and organizations nationwide to come together and work to meet these critical needs.
Since its inception, Stop the Frack Attack has been committed to leadership by grassroots leaders from impacted communities across the country. We propose to continue this approach, placing a strong emphasis on focusing the resources of the network to help better coordinate delivery of tools, information, training and support to those working on the ground.
*Because the current oil and gas booms would not be possible without hydraulic fracturing, in our view, the impacts of ”fracking” include all aspects of the oil and gas exploration and development process, including the impacts associated with ingredients such as frack sands, infrastructure such as compressor stations and transportation such as pipelines and liquid natural gas export terminals, as well as impacts that occur during exploration, drilling and hydraulic fracturing itself.
Julie Archer, West Virginia
John Fenton, Wyoming
Robert Finne, Arkansas
Rick Humphreys, West Virginia
Jenny Lisak, Pennsylvania
Kari Matsko, Ohio
Calvin Tillman, Texas
Matia Vanderbilt, Maryland
Jill Wiener, New York
Karen Feridun- Pennsylvania
Shane Davis, Colorado
Hope Taylor, North Carolina
Diane, Pitcock, West Virgina
Deb Thomas, Wyoming
Paul Ferrazi, California
Robert Nehman, Iowa
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National Center for Environmental Health Strategies
Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development
SUNY Cortland Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies Environmental Justice Committee