The movement against fracking’s harms counts on a cadre of strong-willed and powerful leaders and activists working tirelessly to make sure their communities are kept safe and healthy from fracking’s negative impacts. These leaders are the resistance we must support. Unfortunately, these very people who work day in and day out also experience various forms of intimidation, coercion and fear tactics by industry to derail their work.
Jenny, a blueberry farmer from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania was arrested on a criminal trespass charge for investigating illegal fracking waste dumping near her home, when in fact, the dumping was done without a permit. Ranjana, an academic from Arlington, Texas was harassed for “holding out” and not signing a land lease when everyone else in her community did. And Lisa, a journalist, has experienced first-hand the verbal and messaging tactics meant to confuse public citizens.
These incidents may seem like isolated events, but they are part of a larger strategy to intimidate the movement working against fracking’s harms. We can not allow these leaders to feel that they are alone. Show your support for leaders like Jenny, Ranjana and Lisa by sending them an encouraging written message, a voicemail or learn about their work and how you can support it.
Stand with Jenny, Ranjana, Lisa and countless others in this movement of leaders who show up every day to stand strong against all kind of intimidation, coercion or fear tactics from opposition, and keep up the fight against the harms of fracking.