PennEnvironment Update: Marcellus Shale Organizer Trainings
Last week PennEnvironment held two organizer trainings to provide citizens to empower to organize around Marcellus Shale issues in their own communities in Southwest PA.
The two events, one in Pittsburgh and the other in Connellsville, attracted about 60 people who wanted to learn more about the impacts of gas drilling in their area, how to protect their local communities from the public health impacts of drilling, and learn new skills to use as they organize their communities. The Connellsville event was even covered by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The trainings taught citizens – both through overviews and small group practice sessions – how to recruit volunteers to their cause, build power through coalitions, and get their issue covered by the media. Thursday’s training also included an introduction to FracTracker, which is an online system for citizens to connect, work together, and report local problems from drilling.
The events were cosponsored by a host of other organizations including Earthworks, CHEC, GASP, 3 Rivers Waterkeeper, Mountain Watershed Association and others.
We now plan to expand these trainings across the Commonwealth including trainings in Philadelphia, Scranton and Washington County this spring.
Please let me know if you have any questions about these trainings, are interested in helping host them or have questions about other work PennEnvironment is doing.
PennEnvironment Field Director
1420 Walnut St, Suite 650
Philadelphia, PA 19102