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.
SOC was founded in 2013 when founders got together to discuss how we could best use our experience, resources and networks to address the emerging problems caused by natural gas extraction and transport. In response to a noticed gap in non-profit support in the region, we wanted to gain a deeper understanding of what rural shalefield communities were experiencing and what needs were unmet.
In our first major program, the Sullivan County Listening Project, we conducted interviews to learn about the complexities of living with natural gas extraction. This project documented varied experiences and attitudes, and highlighted specific needs, directing our organizing resources.
In 2014, the Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline was proposed in the region. Due to our established organizing infrastructure, we immediately offered support, beginning our second major program, which we referred to in its early stages as “the pipeline campaign”.