About The Network

We Support Each Other

We're building a support network so that when you have a campaign or call to action, you know that you can reach out to thousands of people who will have your back.

Our directory gives you the ability to find people with similar interests and complimentary skills – and then instantly connect with them.

Our webinar series is a place where leaders can share strategy, insight, and teach what they know. Together we're building a knowledge base and a rich library of materials.

We have some more advanced tools that give serious leverage to your campaigns. For example, one of our services allows leaders to send emails to supporters in a specific zip code. Another one displays a map of organizations working on preventing fracking and challenging permits. Another tool gives you access to a vast database of litigation to support your campaign.

Our Mission:

HalttheHarm.net is a people-powered network connecting Leaders and Supporters in the movement to halt the harms of fracking, to solve problems, collaborate, share ideas, inspire each other to halt gas development's impact on our families, communities and environment.

We aim to serve and support the community activists, leaders, experts, and other individuals advocating for the changes needed to halt the harm caused by fracking.This site is for people working in the movement to connect them to each other and to share and access services, resources and tools.

Why Build a Network?

The harms from fracking are real and well-documented, affecting air and water quality, public health, worker safety, wildlife and many other aspects of our lives.
That has given rise to a movement of dedicated individuals across the country fighting to protect against these dangers. They are advocating for legal and policy solutions and uncovering vital new information about the impacts of fracking and the tactics of fracking apologists seeking to expand drilling at all costs.  But they face a sophisticated, well-financed and unrelenting oil and gas industry that spends millions each year on advertising, lobbying and campaign contributions to buy power and influence at the national, state and local levels.

HalttheHarm.net’s goals are to expand the base of leaders and other advocates working to halt fracking’s harms and to help them connect with other leaders or individuals interested in getting involved. And it aims to organize the tools and supports they need to carry on their work to halt the harms of fracking in their region or community.

Because, though this movement has come very far, it has only begun to harness its full power. HaltheHarm.net can help to make that happen.

Governance Structure:

The Halt the Harm Network is dedicated to a transparent and open governance structure. We focus on creating a network structure that is both flexible and distributed. The governance of the Network must be representative of the people in the movement, accountable to them and responsive to their needs and constraints.

Current Core Advisory Board

  • Ranjana Bhandari, Liveable Arlington
  • Gillian Graber, Protect PT, Protect Our Children Coalition
  • Deirdre Lally, Clean Air Council
  • Brook Lenker, FracTracker Alliance
  • Stephanie Novak, Mountain Watershed Association
  • Raina Rippel, Southwest PA Environmental Health Project
  • Sam Rubright, FracTracker Alliance
  • Rebecca Ruggles, Maryland Environmental Health Network
  • Tim Whitehouse, Chesapeake PSR

Responsibilities of the Core Advisory Board

  • Participate in quarterly video calls.
  • Stay briefed on the activities of the Halt the Harm Network and in tune with the issues and challenges leaders in the movement face.
  • Review budget and work plans.
  • Provide feedback on any activity that is unclear or does not support the vision of the Network.
  • Provide support for the Network in the form of at least one of the following:
  • Feedback on activities and services.
  • Introductions to new Leaders and supporters.
  • Funding for the Network’s operations and activities.
  • Ideas for new services and activities that would support Leaders.

Requirements of Core Advisory Board Members

  • Must have extensive experience working against the harms of fracking.
    Time commitment of about 10-20 hours annually
  • Must be willing to dedicate necessary time to participate in at least 50 percent of the quarterly meetings per year and review materials in advance of calls.
  • Must understand and align with the values of the Network and be willing to support its mission and goals.

The process for joining or leaving the Core Advisory Board is managed by the network operations team. The operations team is committed to keeping the Core Advisory Board to a group of people no more than 5 percent of the total number of Leaders, and who are representative of the movement in terms of expertise, gender, background and years in the field.

If you or someone you know would be eligible and interested in joining, please submit this form and someone will review and respond to your request within one month.

The Network’s governance is guided by the “FOLKS Protocols,” developed by Bill Traynor. Bill is a board member of Netcentric Campaigns and a partner at Trusted Space, a group that provides consulting and workshops to support grassroots action to connect people across lines of difference for mutual support, empowerment and quality of life.

Operations Team:

Halt the Harm Network is staffed by a small team, each working on serving the network and helping leaders get the most from the services available.

Marty Kearns: President
Ryan Clover-Owens: Writer, Web Developer, Webinar Host
Juan Lube: Graphic Design and Facebook ads support

We regularly collaborate with and hire partners and Leaders on complex, funded projects. So don't hesitate to contact us.

Want to get involved? Check out the Netcentric Campaigns Fellows program.

Welcome Committee:

When you join the network you can expect to hear from someone on the welcome committee. Their role is to connect with new leaders, moderate the network exchange, and answer questions in the Fracking Help Center.

Want to get involved? Check out the Netcentric Campaigns Fellows program.