The online, left-leaning, progressive organization Move On plans to recruit FrackingFighters to support anti-fracking movements across the US and will provide funding and training to 100 activists to do so. The initiative seeks to slow down the fracking boom that is anticipated to occur across the U.S. in 2014 and beyond.
MoveOn has been inspired by recent victories in Colorado and Pennsylvania that resulted in the banning of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, which is a process used to extract natural gas from shale rock.
The group has selected 100 local activists from 37 states who are leading opposition to some element of natural gas development, from extraction to pipelines to wastewater disposal. Each will receive a $500 support grant as well as training and networking opportunities. The goal of the program is to increase the capacity of grassroots leaders who are already driving strategic campaigns in their own communities to fight fracking.
New targets of MoveOn include Colorado, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina because they have oil and gas resources or pipelines and plans for future fracking.
FrackingFighters receive a $500 grant to use for a campaign, a toolkit of materials like banners and clipboards, and training from experienced organizers.