The Shalefield Organizing Committee works to cultivate a grassroots movement for healthy people and ecosystems in the shalefields. Through outreach, education, capacity building, and campaign organizing we empower citizens directly impacted by economic injustice and ecological degradation. We demand accountability from those who hold power through community mobilization and direct action.
Our goal is to halt the construction of additional natural gas infrastructure while developing the knowledge and networks necessary to confront threats to our collective well-being and create the kind of communities we want to live in.
At present, our chief objective is to mobilize communities and stop the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. The community campaign aims to achieve this through base building, educational, media based, legal, and direct action strategies.
Theory of Change
The mentality of extraction is deeply woven into the fabric of our society and economy. The gas rush is the latest boom-and-bust cycle of extractive industry in Pennsylvania, following the coal industry. These industries exploit communities with promises of wealth but instead leave environmental destruction and broken economies. Many politicians benefit from these industries and support them at the expense of community well being.
Non-violent direct action is necessary to initiate actual change because it works outside of spaces controlled by politics and industry. Residents can be actively involved in creating their own communities instead of deferring action to authorities or other “decision makers.”
We envision a future where communities are self determined through the active participation of their residents.