There are so many to thank for this stellar achievement, and in the end this truly was a result of every anti-fracking organization and local group pulling together to make it happen. But we want to call special attention to the smaller grassroots groups––who are not always the ones quoted in press releases or grabbing headlines––who nonetheless have been at the forefront of this fight, and whose homes, properties and livelihoods are the ones that have been directly on the line. They have been at these fights for YEARS, often without funding, and at great personal cost. We owe them a large debt of gratitude:
Leading the NYS fight against the Constitution project from day one has been Stop the Pipeline, who organized landowners along the route and developed a breakthrough legal strategy. The tiny but scrappy People not Pipelines put together an effective postcard campaign. In Pennsylvania, Energy Justice and others initially held off tree cutters. We must remember that the Holleran maple farm has been forever damaged by William's illegal actions ahead of the DEC announcement. Allied cross-border groups, SNYFGP and NFGM sprung up to fight the NED pipe. Scores of other grassroots groups took part––in NY, MA, RI, NH, ME and PA––many of whom are members of the Northeast Pipeline alliance (logos of the founding members below). And finally, larger groups helpfully lent their legal and media teams to the effort.
We can't wait to update the status of several projects on our YOU ARE HERE map as "defeated!" Now we've all got to jump on the campaigns that are most immediately in need of everyone's help: the AIM pipeline, Seneca Lake Salt Caverns, Pilgrim Pipelines and others.