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The Anti-Fracking Pledge of Resistance has been released
by Occupy WELL Street Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at 12:05 AM
occupywellstreet@riseup.net (email address validated)

Occupy Well Street is taking a stand against the social pressure, lawsuits and occasional death threats that pro-gas individuals and gas corporations have been directing at many of those resisting the spread of fracking operations across the Marcellus region for the past few years. We are fed up with feeling isolated and silenced, and are frustrated with the idea that many others in rural communities may be hesitating to speak out for fear of threats, social consequences and legal action. We believe this is not an issue centered around individuals who sign leases, but is a case of multinational corporations preying on rural areas in order to make as much money as possible. Our solution is a Pledge of Resistance, both a universal declaration of opposition against fracking and a resounding statement of solidarity with all others resisting the spread of this destructive industry.

Our Pledge consists of several points of unity. We encourage all interested individuals, groups and organizations to read and consider our points, and think of how they can be applied in the many different roles people fill in the movement against fracking.

For more information, or to sign our pledge, visit http://www.owsstopfracking.org/


The Anti-Fracking Pledge of Resistance

By adding my name to the list below, I publicly pledge to take part in a diversity of effective acts of resistance to stop the use of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, to extract oil and gas according to the following points of unity. We define "Resistance" as a shared commitment to fight fracking by means that do not cause physical injury.


Points of Unity

I. I agree that hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking”, is environmentally unsustainable, socially irresponsible, and an attempt by multinational oil and gas corporations to make a quick buck at the expense of rural people and healthy natural ecosystems.


II. I agree to resist hydraulic fracturing operations and those organizations that enable them, including:

Physical activities:

- Logging and bulldozing associated with the construction of infrastructure.
- The actual construction of infrastructure (well pads, compressor stations, pipelines, treatment plants, etc).
- High volume water extraction from local waterways and ponds. (This water is mixed with chemicals and injected underground during the actual process of hydraulic fracturing.)
- Seismic testing, drilling, fracking, flaring and the construction of toxic “brine pools” or “flowback ponds”.
- Reckless waste disposal methods (deep well injection, the spraying of well brine on roads, the dumping of flowback water into local waterways, the burying of toxic “residual waste” in municipal landfills, etc).

Legal, Political and Logistical activities:

- Manufacturers that supply raw materials.
- Transportation operations that move raw materials, equipment and waste
- Land leasing, forced pooling, and the law firms that support these agreements.
- Financiers, engineering firms, and subcontractors that perform critical support work.
- Colleges and universities that invest their endowments, do research paid for by the gas industry, and censor research critical of fracking.
- Any bureaucrat, candidate, politician or political party office that continues to enable the industry.


III. I will show solidarity with all others resisting the effects and spread of fracking operations by contributing to a diverse campaign of community building, legislative resistance and direct action. I will determine my own level of participation, whether it takes the form of engaging in constructive dialogue with fellow community members, speaking out at hearings and meetings, participating in community building events and trainings, taking part in direct action events, etc.


IV. I commit to having a supportive attitude towards all others resisting fracking, and will refrain from public condemnations of others' employment of tactics and strategies that I may not personally agree with.


V. I am committed to pushing for more effective intervention in the natural gas industry by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), etc. I will also advocate for renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, etc as an alternative to fracking becoming a national energy extraction priority. Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas is no more of a responsible solution to fossil fuel dependence than mountaintop removal coal mining, offshore drilling, or the tar sands distillation megaprojects in Canada.


We stand together against the manipulation of our communities to further this destructive, nonrenewable resource boom.

The Anti-Fracking Pledge of Resistance has been endorsed by the following groups:

Occupy Well Street
Susquehanna Valley Earth First!
Energy Justice Network
Lonestar Earth First!
Finger Lakes Earth First!
Rochester Police Accountability Coalition
Gas Truth York
Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air
End Gasocracy Now
Hudson Valley Earth First!
Marcellus Shale Earth First!


How do I sign up? What does it mean to endorse this Pledge?

Endorsing the Anti-Fracking Pledge of Resistance is as easy as clicking the “Sign Now” button on our website and letting us know what you're interested in doing or learning as a participating member of this campaign to stop the fracking boom. We'll place you on an email list and will notify you when there are upcoming trainings, meetings, demonstrations and direct action events. Be sure to let us know if you or your group would like to be a public endorser. If you've indicated you'd like to publicly sign our Pledge, we will add your name to the “Endorser” list at the bottom of this page, so others can see you're standing up and speaking out. We are looking to use this pledge to both help grow and unify our movement against fracking... and show that we mean business!

Endorsing means that you (or your group) is willing to stand in public solidarity with all those resisting fracking operations in Pennsylvania, in the Marcellus Shale, across the United States, and around the world. Not everyone who is trying to fight (or simply survive) fracking has access to a supportive community of fellow activists, and we hope this Pledge will grow into a powerful statement of support and commitment to further participation. The natural gas industry (which is really just an arm of the oil industry) is much bigger than each one of us, and simply showing them that we are tired of being used to further their profit margins is a big step in the right direction.

Endorsing this pledge will also help to put you in touch with the growing campaign of protests, demonstrations and direct action events at points of production in the natural gas industry. While there have been several large demonstrations at hearings regarding further expansion of fracking operations and infrastructure, there have been few events at points of production, such as gas wells, compressor stations and pipeline construction sites. We aim to take the message of Occupy Well Street, and the whole anti-fracking movement, to these points of production, and show the drillers that we are not willing to simply show up at hearings and regulatory meetings.

For more information, including background on Occupy Well Street and why this Pledge came to be, go to http://www.owsstopfracking.org/

If you'd like to contact Occupy Well Street directly, send an email to occupywellstreet (at) riseup.net.

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