Networks and Non-Profits
Public Health Specific
SWPA-EHP a nonprofit public health organization that assists and supports residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond who believe their health has been, or could be, impacted by unconventional oil and gas development – “fracking.”
PSR has been working for more than 50 years to create a healthy, just and peaceful world for both the present and future generations. PSR advocates on the issues you care about by addressing the dangers that threaten communities, using medical and public health expertise and many issues, including hydraulic fracturing.
Clean Air Council works to protect and defend everyone’e right to breathing clean air. Their support through the Mid-Atlantic region focuses on a wide range of environmental issues that threaten clean air for communities. Through public health initiatives, public education, community action, government oversight and enforcement of environmental laws, they offer many resources about the risks to air quality due to natural gas pipeline construction for communities to educate and organize with.
Mountain Watershed Association works on the ground to hold polluters accountable for water pollution. The organization’s Shale Gas Rapid Response Project they are coordinating to identify communities in southwestern Pennsylvania vulnerable to future oil and gas infrastructure projects offering resources for communities to grapple with tough questions relating to oil and gas industry tactics.
Research / Data Focused
Aims to protect the environment through using satellite imagery to document landscapes and provide transparency to active shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania with interactive maps and sky alerts.
The FracTracker Alliance provides many resources to educate on risks of oil and gas development through the use of maps and resources to help foster deeper understandings about processes, pollution and harms of fracking.
Law and Policy Sources
Appalachian Mountain Advocates is a non-profit law and policy center dedicating to fight for clean water and a clean energy future with a focus on halting natural gas industry infrastructure within the Appalachian region. They offer pro-bono legal support and policy resources to aid landowners experiencing threats from ongoing and proposed pipeline construction.
State Agencies / Organizations
These agencies and organizations within Pennsylvania are involved in development or regulation of natural gas and other energy infrastructure.
The PA DEP is a state government agency tasked with protecting Pennsylvania’s air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens. DEP regulates oil and gas activity in the state, and issues permits related to pipelines, compressors stations, and other energy infrastructure. The Office of Oil and Gas Management has information on laws and regulations as well as data for download.
Federal Agencies / Organizations
The agencies and organizations listed below are involved in development or regulation of natural gas and other energy infrastructure.
FERC is an independent agency, not a part of the U.S. government. FERC regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity, as well as natural gas and hydropower projects. If a project of this type will provide energy beyond the boundaries of a single state, the FERC permits and regulates the project. To find files related to a project, like comments from landowners or representatives, use the FERC e-library docket search. Type the number of the project and click “Search.” The number for the Atlantic Sunrise is CP15-138.
The EPA is a US government agency with a mission to protect human health and the environment through compliance with environmental laws.
The Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)
The Army Corp of Engineers is a federal agency that constructs and regulates a wide variety of infrastructure in wetlands and waterways, often issuing permits for landowners and national projects.
Public Herald is a non-profit investigative journalism team with a strong and fearless commitment to citizen journalism for the public interest, focusing on Pennsylvania citizen’s experiences in dealing with all aspects of the natural gas industry. They released a documentary, Triple Divide, and more recently, several extremely profound reports, including the unveiling of the Department of Environmental Protection’s inadequate response to over 9,400 reports from people who experience harms from fracking.
|Shalefield Stories : A project of Friends of the Harmed|
Shalefield Stories is a compilation of of first hand testimonials from people who have experience first hand harms from oil and gas drilling across the shalefields. (Volumes I & II)
Grassroots Leadership Sources
Halt the Harm Network connects leaders and supporters actively resisting the natural gas industry through collaborative problem solving and idea sharing to inspire new ways to halt future harms perpetuated by industry infrastructure within communities.
The Ruckus Society is committed to resource sharing and trainings to support social and environmental justice. They offer a wide variety of resources,support and training opportunities for communities to organize around a variety of issues.