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MoveOn is awarding $50,000, along with materials, training and strategic support to activists
MoveOn.org Civic Action announced a new #FrackingFighter initiative to support 100 grassroots activists who are working to ban fracking in their local communities. The organization is awarding a total of $50,000 to the "Fracking Fighters," along with materials, training and strategic support.
The initiative seeks to slow down the fracking boom that is anticipated to occur across the U.S. in 2014 and beyond. Natural gas production in the U.S., led by fracking, is predicted to increase by 56% over the next 26 years1—propelling the country ahead of Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil and gas producer. One major oil and gas producer, Antero Resources, whose wells are located in the Appalachians, is expected to increase its output by 76% in 2014, and 47% the year after.2 Antero Resources uses up to 6 million gal of water to frack a single well.3
Despite these trends, a number of communities have successfully halted fracking at the local level over the last year, demonstrating that campaigns to ban fracking at the local level can be effective. In New York, the Erie County legislature voted to ban fracking on county-owned property after being pressured by local activists.4 In Colorado, MoveOn members contributed to four successful referendums that banned or placed moratoriums on fracking in local communities.5
1. “More Oil, More Gas and Less Driving: Predicting America’s Energy Future,” TIME, December 17, 2013
2. “American industry and fracking: From sunset to new dawn,” The Economist, November 13, 2013
3. “Energy Firm Makes Costly Fracking Bet—on Water,” Wall Street Journal, August 13, 2013
4. “Erie County Legislature votes 9-2 to ban fracking on county-owned property,” The Buffalo News,December 12, 2013
5. “Broomfield Passes Fracking Ban While Pro-Fracking Groups Sue,” The Huffington Post, December 4, 2013