Fighting Fracking

Tips, Tactics, and Resources for Your Local Campaign

Communities are taking a stand against fracking and winning. From stronger regulations to outright bans, localities are passing restrictions on dirty drilling to protect themselves from harm. The risks that fracking poses to public health and the environment are too great to be ignored, which is why people are joining the fight to stop fracking across the country. We've provided this toolkit to show you how you can take action too.


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Maryland Senate gives final approval to fracking ban

A Maryland bill that bans hydraulic fracturing cleared its final hurdle when the Senate approved the measure with a 35-to-10 vote.


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Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of debate over a method of extracting natural gas.

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Florida Senate committee rejects fracking bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee narrowly defeated a bill Thursday that would set regulations for fracking, a method of oil and gas drilling that environmentalists have opposed over fears it could contaminate drinking water and make people ill.

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Organizing a Local Effort

Watch our video to learn how to run a local campaign to fight fracking near you.

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Planning an Event

First you should determine what goal you want the event to accomplish. If it’s demonstrating public support make sure you have a plan to recruit enough participants to fill the event. If it’s educating decision makers about the harms of fracking, you may want to plan a tour of a fracking site or visit someone whose health has been affected by fracking. Whatever you decide, be sure to contact the media in order to get your event covered and make the necessary contacts to people who can help make your event a reality.


Create a petition that states your goal clearly and is addressed to your target. Make sure to describe why the solution is necessary and provide a clear call to action. It’s a good idea to have your signers include their information so you can reach out to them in the future. The sample petition below provides an outline that you can build off of, but be sure to keep a strong ask.

Phone-banking & Emailing

Below are a sample phone calling script and email for contacting decisionmakers.

Writing a "Letter to the Editor"

In your letter be sure you have a hook. Keep it brief, stay on message, and read the rules (e.g., word limits, contact forms, and suggestions to get published). Lastly, it’s a good idea to follow up with the opinion editor to be sure they received your letter and gauge if they would be interested in including it in the opinions section.

  • 1. Connect to an article or a real world event
  • 2. Make one point
  • 3. Back it up
  • 4. End on your terms

Social Media

Use social media to amplify your message and reach new audiences. Below are downloadable images to share or use for reference.



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We must act now to stop the damage caused by fracking

We’re working to ban fracking wherever we can — from New York to North Carolina to California. But we also need the federal government to step in and take immediate action to protect families and communities impacted by this dirty drilling. So as first steps, we're calling on Congress to close the loopholes that exempt fracking from key provisions of our nation’s environmental laws. And as federal officials mull weak fracking rules for public lands, we’re urging our elected officials to step in and keep fracking out of our national forests and away from our national parks.

If enough of us speak out, we can convince federal officials to protect our water, our land, and our health.

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