Communities across the US and throughout the world are finding ways to creatively respond to the specific challenges oil and gas development pose to their region.

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Santa Fe vs. Tecton: A Community Stands Together. Made in collaboration with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, this piece tells the story of how one community pulled together and took action to create one of the strongest ordinances in the country.

Santa Fe's Oil and Gas Ordinance

Above, watch Theo Colborn, Founder and President of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), read a letter to the president about chemicals disrupting our bodies. Colborn is an enviornmental health analyst, and best known for her studies on the health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Dr. Colborn's work has promoted the enactment of new laws around the world and redireted the research of academicians, governments, and the private sector.


Drilling Down
Protecting Western Communities from the Health and Environmental Effects of Oil and Gas Production

Pro Publica's Fracking Series
A great resource of articles and investigations into the environmental threat posed by the fracking industry

Oil and Gas at Your Door

Our Drinking Water at Risk: What EPA and the Oil and Gas Industry Don't Want Us to Know About Hydraulic Fracturing.

TEDX - The Endocrine Disruption Exchange: Health Effects Spreadsheet and Summary

TEDX - The Endocrine Disruption Exchange: Drilling Chemichals Summary

Endocrinology - one of the foremost biomedical journals in the world. Article: Estrogen and Androgen Receptor Activites of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Surface and Ground Water in a Drilling-Dense Region

Wrecking the Rockies (NRDC, OnEarth, Summer 2006)
By Michelle Nijhuis


Organizations and individuals working on gas and oil issues

Below, you will find only a partial list of the key organizations offering legal support or other resources to assist communities in their efforts to safeguard the health of their land, water, and people.

This list is continually growing - a few years ago there were only a few organizations working on these isuses, now there are hundreds! More appear every day.

Connect with organizations or individuals in your local area.
If you have a group that you would like us to include in this list, contact us.

Please note: the organizations and websites listed below are solely responsible for their content and actions.



Clean Water Action

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund


Earth Gaurdians

The Endocrine Disruption Exchange

Environmental Priorities Network

Headwaters Economics

Idle No More

MIT's Landman Report Card

NRDC (National Resources Defense Council)

The Oil and Gas Accountability Project – Earthworks

Stop the Frack Attack Network

SkyTruth, and Calvin Tillman, former Mayor, Dish Texas

Waterkeeper Alliance

Western Organization of Resource Councils

Western Resource Advocates





Alabama      Illinois           Montana          Ohio                   Vermont
Alaska         Indiana         N. Carloina      Oregon             W. Virginia
Arkansas     Iowa              N. Dakota       Pennsylvania      Wisconsin  
California    Maryland       Nevada            S. Dakota           Wyoming
Colorado     Mass.          New Jersey      Tennessee      
Florida         Michigan       New Mexico     Texas 
Idaho           Minnesota     New York         Utah


Eco Alabama

No Fracking Alabama



Cook Inletkeeper



Faulkner County Concerned Citizens Group of Arkansas

Omni Center for Peace and Justice

The League of Women Voters of Arkansas

Arkansas Conservation Alliance



Big Bend Hot Springs Project

Community Health Councils (L.A.)

Communities for a Better Environment


Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment

Elder Creek Center for the Land

Frack Free Culver City

Local Clean Energy Alliance

MOMS Advocating Sustainability

National Grassroots Coalition (L.A.)

Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains

The River Project

Russian Riverkeeper

SLO Clean Water Action (Americans Against Fracking)

Sustainable Fairfax

Whittier Hills Oil Watch



Adams County Unite Now

Battlement Mesa Concerned Citizens

Be the Change

Boulder County Citizens for Community Rights

Citizens for a Health Community (Delta County)

Citizens for Huerfano County

Colorado Oil & Gas Association

Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Colorado Springs Citizens for Community Rights

Community for Sustainable Energy (Ft Collins)

Conservation Colorado

Denver Community Rights

East Boulder County United

Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group

Frack Files (Greeley)

Frack Free Broomfieldd

Frack Free Colorado

Fracking Colorado

Grand Valley Citizens Alliance

Frack Free Gunbarrel

High Country Conservation Advocates

Citizens for Huerfano County

Longmont Roar

Lakewood Fractivist

No Fracking in Colorado Springs

Our Longmont

Renewable Communities Alliance/GrassRoots EnErgy activist Network (GREEN)

Rio Grande Watchdogs (San Louis Valley)

Western Colorado Congress

Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley

What the Frack?!(Aurora)



Save Blackwater River State Forest



Idaho Rural Council

Silver Valley Waterkeeper



Frack Free Illinois

Global Warming Solutions Group of Central Illinois

Illinois People’s Action

Progressive Democrats of Greater Springfield

Protect IL from Fracking

Shawnee Hills and Hollers

Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE)



Frack Free Michiana

Michiana Peace and Justice Coalition



Allamakee County Protectors

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement



Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper

Maryland PIRG

Montgomery County Young Dems



Berkshire Environmental Action Team

Climate Justice Hub



Citizens Against Drilling on Public Lands

Don’t Frack Michigan

Kent County Water Conservation

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation

Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition



Land Stewardship Project



Northern Plains Resource Council



Save Nevada’s Water: Ban Fracking in Nevada


New Jersey

Blue Ridge Road Coalition

Bomb Bomb BBQ

CWA Local 1081

Essex/Passaic Green Party

The Franciscan Response to Fracking

Garden State Earth Institute

Genesis Farms

Green Party of NJ

IFPTE Local 194

Ironbound Community Corporation

New Jersey Highlands Coalition

NJ State Industrial Union Council


North Jersey Pipeline Walkers

North Jersey Public Policy Network

Reformed Church of Highland Park

Sea Savers

Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey


Monmouth County DFA/PDA


New Mexico

Drilling Mora County

Drilling Santa Fe

Earth First Initiative

Environment New Mexico

Gila Resources Information Project

Las Vegas NM Peace & Justice Center

New Mexico Environmental Law Center (Santa Fe)

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance


Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens

Rio Grande Watchdogs (San Louis Valley)

Southwest Environmental Center

San Juan Citizens Alliance


New York

Advocates for Morris

Andes Works!

Back to Democracy

Capital District Against Fracking

Catskill Citizens For Safe Energy

Catskill Mountainkeeper

Chefs for the Marcellus

Citizens’ Environmental Coalition

City of Binghamton Against Fracking

Colchester Programming Partners

Concerned Citizens of Covert

Concerned Citizens of Danby

Concerned Citizens of Rural Broome

Concerned Citizens of the Town of Chenango

Concerned Citizens of Ulysses

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability

Danby Action

Elmirans & Friends Against Fracking

Environmental Justice Committee SUNY Cortland CGIS

Federally Ban Fracking

Frack Action

Frack Free Genesee

Frack Rat

Frack! The Movie

Friends of Butternuts

Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County

Gas Free Seneca

Grassroots Environmental Education

Groton Resource Awareness Coalition

Middlefield Neighbors

The Mothers Project

New Yorkers Against Fracking

Nurse Rise – Nurses for Safe Water

NYC Friends of Clearwater

Otsego 2000, Inc.

Plymouth Friends of Clean Water

Residents Against Fracking Tioga

Rochester Defense Against Fracking

Rochesterians Concerned About Unsafe Shale-gas Extraction

Sane Energy

Shaleshock Action Alliance

Sharon Springs Against Hyrdofracking

Society for the Preservation of Democracy & Human Rights

Southern Cayuga Anti-Fracking Alliance (SCAYAFA)

Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development (SACRED)

Sustainable Otsego

Sustainable Tompkins

System Change not Climate Change

Three Parks Independent Democrats

United for Action (Catskills)

Vestal Residents for Safe Energy

Water Equality

WNY Drilling Defense

Yogis Against Fracking


North Carolina

350 Winston Salem

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

Common Ground Green Building Center

Haw Riverkeeper

Mecklenburg Audubon Society

Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation

No Fracking in Stokes

Occupy Winston Salem

River Guardian Foundation

Waterkeepers Carolina


North Dakota

Dakota Resource Council



Athens County Fracking Action Network

Balanced Nation

Ban Hydro-Fracking in Greenfield Township Fairfield County OH

Communities for Safe and Sustainable Energy (CSSE)

Concerned Citizens of Medina County

Concerned Citizens Ohio

Cuyahoga County Concerned Citizens

Defenders of the Earth Outreach Mission

Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness (FaCT)

Frack Free Ohio

Frack Free Stark County

Fracking Free Geauga

Green Environmental Coalition

Mothers Against Drilling in our Neighborhoods

North Central Ohio (NCO) Concerned Citizens

Northeast Ohio Gas Accountability Project

Northwest Ohio Alliance to Stop Fracking

Occupy Columbus

Ohio Alliance for People and Environment

Ohio Student Environmental Coalition

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Ohio Province

Southeast Ohio Alliance to Save Our Water

SW Ohio No Frack Forum

Williams County Alliance



Western Environmental Law Center

Coos Waterkeeper

Environment and Human Rights Advisory

Oregon Citizens Against the Pipeline (OCAP)

Oregon Rural Action (La Grande)

Rogue Riverkeeper



Air Soil Water

Allegheny Defense Project

Berks Gas Truth

Citizens for Clean Water

Communities United for Rights and Environment

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (Damascus, upper Delaware Basin)

Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Diagnostic Energy Auditors of Western Pennsylvania

Energy in Denial

Energy Justice Network

Fracking Truth Alliance of Lawrence

Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition of Luzerne County

Green Party of Montgomery County

Green Party of Philadelphia

Interfaith Sacred Earth Coalition

Leigh Valley Gas Truth

Marcellus Outreach Butler

Marcellus Protest

Occupy Well Street

Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water

Peters Township Marcellus Shale Awareness Group

Physicians for Social Responsibility Philadelphia

Pocono Environmental Coalition and Wildlife Society, Inc.

Protecting Our Waters

Safe Water Society

Save Our Streams, PA

Thomas Merton Center

Tour de Frack

Yardley-Makefield Democratic Club


South Dakota

Dakota Rural Action - Brookings



Coalition for a Frack-Free Tennessee

Glenmary Home Missioners

Stop Fracking Around Chattanooga

Tennessee Riverkeeper



Bluedaze - Drilling Reform for Texas - Texas Sharon

Dallas Area Residents For Responsible Drilling


Fort Worth Citizens Against Neighborhood Drilling

Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods

North Central Texas Communities Alliance



Grand Canyon Trust

Living Rivers Colorado Riverkeeper 



Vermont Natural Resources Council

Vermont Pirg


West Virginia

Doddridge County Watershed Association

Liberty and Justice, WV

West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (Charleston)



AFT Local 212

Concerned Chippewa Citizen

Wildcat Entertainment



Powder River Basin Resource Council (Sheridan)





Waterkeeper Alliance

Global Information Against Coal Seam Gas



Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG)

No Fracking Way

No Fracking Australia

Western Downs Alliance



BurgerInitiative, SCHIEFESgas

Weinviertel statt Gasviertel


Canada/ Quebec

Idle No More

Pour un moratoire sur la gaz de schiste (Quebec)



No Fracking France

Danger Gaz De Schiste France



Fracking Free Ireland(Fracking Free Europe as well)

No Fracking Ireland


New Zealand

Stop Fracking in New Zealand



Heaven Or sHell


South Africa

Chase SHELL OIL out of the Karoo!


United Kingdom

Frack Off and here is their Facebook Page

No Fracking Northern Ireland

NotForShale (N. Ireland, Belfast)



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Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

Interested in protecting your community from industry development? Contact the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit, public interest law firm providing free and affordable legal services to communities facing threats to their local environment, local agriculture, the local economy, and quality of life.

CELDF assisted Pittsburgh in drafting and passing an ordinance that bans the extraction of natural gas and removes legal powers from gas extraction corporations within the city.

See the Pittsburgh Community Protection Ordinance here.

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