Local & National Groups

Below are groups, listed by state, that work on local property rights, land conservation, energy and pipeline issues.

ALABAMA

Southern Property Rights Council: formed by a broad coalition of concerned fiscally conservative property rights advocates who believe that every American possesses the right to use solar energy to provide for the energy needs of their family and businesses using the free resources of the sun.

ARKANSAS

Golden Bridge LLC: formed in September 2015 to empower landowners affected by Clean Line Energy Partner's proposed Plains & Eastern Clean Line. The founding members: landowners on the preferred and alternate routes, neighboring landowners, and allies who simply object to the corporate use of eminent domain, wanted to create an organization to pool our strength and obtain the best possible outcome in this situation.

LOUISIANA

Landowner Justice Project

Louisiana Bucket Brigade: The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is a 501(c)(3) environmental health and justice organization working with communities that neighbor the state's oil refineries and chemical plants.

Atchafalaya Basinkeeper: At the onset, ABK set out to save Louisiana's coastal cypress forests from ongoing destruction by the cypress mulch industry. After working as a commercial fisherman for 16 years, Dean witnessed first-hand the systematic destruction of the Basin at the hands of regulators and private interests. Since its inception, Basinkeeper has worked to patrol and advocate for the Basin through education, monitoring and enforcement.

NEW YORK/JERSEY

Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline:  Coalition of landowners, organizations, and activists against the Pilgrim Pipeline for New York and New Jersey

People over Pipelines New Jersey: Promotes clean energy jobs and renewable energy sources, and seek a moratorium on all new and pending fossil fuel infrastructure.

Halt PennEast / Homeowners Against Land Taking:  A 501(c)(4) social welfare organization formed and operated by volunteer homeowners, farmers, business people, and residents along the proposed PennEast pipeline route. The overall mission of HALT-PennEast is to educate, advocate and litigate for homeowners directly impacted by the proposed PennEast pipeline to prevent unlawful and inappropriate condemnation and confiscation of private land

Stop the PennEast Pipeline: Concerned Citizens Against the Pipeline is a network of groups along the proposed path of the PennEast pipeline in PA & NJ

Hopewell Township Citizens Against the PennEast Pipeline: Continuing our community’s commitment to preservation and environmental protection by stopping the PennEast pipeline project; the construction and operation of which would threaten local natural resources, the environment, and our safety.

Sustainable Warwick: our purpose is to increase public understanding of sustainability by providing information and encouraging individuals, community organizations, businesses, schools, and government to cooperate in protecting environmental quality and reducing carbon emissions.

The Sierra Club New Jersey Chapter: New Jersey, the Garden State, is in danger of becoming the Pipeline State. The New Jersey Chapter is working with our environmental allies and members of the affected communities to stop these projects that contribute to global climate change and endanger our local environment.

Pinelands Preservation Alliance: A private, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the Pinelands of New Jersey. PPA was founded in 1989 to be the leading voice for protecting the natural and historic resources of the New Jersey Pinelands.

Environment New Jersey

Catskill Mountainkeeper: Catskill Mountainkeeper’s mission is to protect our region's wild lands and natural resources, support smart development to sustainably grow our economy, nurture healthy communities, and accelerate the transition to a 100% clean energy future in New York and beyond.

Catskill Mountainkeeper: Our primary goal is to hasten a rapid and just transition to renewable energy. We need strong grassroots momentum that calls for a rethinking of our energy system from the bottom up, and we are animated by a vision of  a city and state powered by 100% equitable and community-led renewables.

Sane Energy Project: Our primary goal is to hasten a rapid and just transition to renewable energy. We need strong grassroots momentum that calls for a rethinking of our energy system from the bottom up, and we are animated by a vision of  a city and state powered by 100% equitable and community-led renewables.

350 Brooklyn: : 350 Brooklyn works to reverse climate change and achieve climate justice through local action. We promote sustainable energy, oppose the fossil fuel industry, and educate and activate our community. 350Brooklyn is a local affiliate of 350.org, a global grassroots organization.

North Brooklyn Extinction Rebellion

Sunrise Movement New York City

Fossil Free New York

Resist Spectra: Resist Spectra is the direct action sect of  Stop The Algonquin Pipeline (SAPE) campaign against Spectra/Enbridge's fracked gas pipeline 105 feet away from critical infrastructure at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant since 2014 in New York State.

Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE): A grassroots organization with a mission to educate our fellow citizens and elected officials about the negative impacts associated with Spectra Energy Corporation’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Project. SAPE opposes the AIM gas expansion project because it may exacerbate climate change, endanger our safety and quality of life, contaminate water, air and soil, cause harm to domestic animals and wildlife, and threaten farmland and property values.

People of Albany United for Safe Energy

Pachamama Alliance Rochester Area Community: an international organization whose mission is to help create a world that is socially just, environmentally sustainable, and spiritually fulfilling. It is rooted in the indigenous worldview that all life is connected. Hope, courage, and meaning grow as people work together to transform their relationship to the earth and to one another.

Protect Orange County: Protect Orange County was created as a forum for residents of Orange County,NY who want to protect their homes and families from threats to their health and environment

Minisink Matters: a new way for us to reach out to both our community and other communities battling gas infrastructure.

Gas Free Seneca

Compressor Free Franklin: a dedicated to studying the impacts of a proposed natural gas compressor station in Franklin NY.

Concerned Burlington Neighbors

Concerned Residents of Oxford: We are a collective of neighbors in Oxford, NY, standing with our fellow residents concerned about high-volume, slick-water, horizontal, hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Don’t Gas the Pinelands:We are concerned citizens and interested organizations looking to halt a shale gas pipeline from going thru the protected Pinelands to the Beesley's Point BL England generating station.

PENNSYLVANIA

Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Committee

Delaware Riverkeeper

Marcellus Outreach Butler A grassroots environmental organization that was formed in 2010 by a group of concerned Butler County residents to educate and inform the public about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Middletown Coalition for Community Safety: A nonpartisan grassroots group of parents and residents whose goal is to educate elected officials and the public regarding the risks associated with the proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline.

Pennsylvania Landowners Association: committed to protecting property rights and land use while encouraging responsible environmental stewardship.

West Whiteland Residents for Pipeline Safety: A bipartisan group of citizens working to educate and engage our community in the effort to ensure pipeline safety.

PennFuture: PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations.

Marcellus Outreach Butler A grassroots environmental organization that was formed in 2010 by a group of concerned Butler County residents to educate and inform the public about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Clean Air Council: As natural gas companies continue to propose infrastructure expansions throughout Pennsylvania and the Eastern Seaboard, Clean Air Council remains steadily committed to supporting impacted communities in their struggles for a clean and healthy environment.

Berks Gas Truth: Natural gas drilling of shale formations threatens Pennsylvania’s natural resources, the health and well-being of its citizens, and its scenic beauty. Berks Gas Truth is a grassroots citizens’ group fighting to bring an end to unconventional natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

Lancaster Against Pipelines: a grass roots coalition of county residents in Lancaster Pennsylvania opposing the Atlantic Sunrise Project. They are land protectors.

Appalachian Voices: involved in numerous campaigns to protect the air, water, land and communities of the Appalachian mountains..

Citizens to Protect the Ambridge Reservoir (CPAR): works to protect this pristine source of drinking water and prevent the construction of the Falcon Pipeline and other oil and gas operations related to the Shell petrochemical facility through the watershed.

Concerned Citizens of Lebanon County:  Our mission is to keep citizens informed about the Sunoco Pipeline Mariner East project and similar projects that may affect the health, safety, and welfare of those who live, work and recreate in Lebanon County.

Pipeline Safety Coalition: We are a national pipeline safety advocacy organization working in the public interest. Our Vision is a citizenry that is aware, informed, and engaged regarding fossil fuel pipeline safety throughout its entire life cycle: from wellhead to consumer and from planning, siting, and construction to abandonment and decommissioning.

RDA’s Keep in Wild: a grassroots group of dedicated citizens who have formed an alliance and welcome members with the widest possible concerns, interests and ideologies. RDA membership includes parents and grandparents, students, business people, hunters, fishermen, farmers, hikers, teachers, truckers, those who have leased their land to a gas company, and those who refused.

TEXAS

Texans for Property Rights:  a community of property owners dedicated to protecting private property rights. In the 86th Texas Legislative Session, Texans for Property Rights is dedicated to supporting legislation that will protect the private property rights of Texans against abusive practices, particularly by private corporations who use the government-sponsored power of eminent domain. Texansforpropertyrights.com

Texas Farm Bureau: We believe private property rights are worth protecting, water should be used wisely and government should be responsive and responsible. That’s why we advocate with our members in Austin and Washington.

Texas Wildlife Association: established in 1985 by a group of ranchers, wildlife managers, and hunters dedicated to the conservation, management, and enhancement of wildlife and wildlife habitat on private lands.  TWA is committed to representing private land stewards from across the state of Texas, while supporting efforts to uphold established private property rights of Texas landowners.

Texas Landowners for Eminent Domain Reform: It is the mission of Texas Landowners for Eminent Domain Reform (TxLEDReform.org) to educate officials and the general public, develop policy, and support legislation that will level the playing field to better protect private property rights.

Big Bend Conservation Alliance: BBCA has created several modules to allow landowners and the general public better understand easements, landowner rights, legal issues, economic, and business issues associated with easements.

Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG): an advocate for the public interest. We speak out for a healthier, safer world in which we’re freer to pursue our own individual well-being and the common good. Since 1970, state PIRGs have delivered results-oriented citizen activism.

Texas Civil Rights Project: We are Texas lawyers and advocates for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We envision a Texas where all communities thrive with dignity and justice, and without fear.

Defend Big Bend: This grassroots movement is powered by community volunteers dedicated to all forms of creativity and nonviolent direct action that protect and DEFEND THE BIG BEND of far west Texas from entities (such as the fossil fuel industry) that would do it harm.

VIRGINIA

Virginia Property Rights Coalition: A 10 year old organization dedicated to reform of Virginia's Eminent Domain Laws. Our primary goal is a statute that assures property owners ''just compensation'' when their property is taken

Wild Virginia: work to protect Virginia’s wild lands and waters through advocacy, education, and influence. Along with our partners and alliances, we pressed on in the fight against fracked gas pipelines. Both of these pipelines pose great risks to the water quality, connectivity, biodiversity, and resilience of our national forests and surrounding communities.

Friends of Nelson County: Friends of Nelson’s mission is to protect property rights, property values, rural heritage and the environment for all the citizens of Nelson County, Virginia.

Bold Appalachia Landowner Alliance: Bold Appalachia is currently working to help organize landowners and citizens who are against the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipelines that threaten our land and water, our lives, and our livelihoods.

Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley: works to ensure the Valley’s rural character, scenic beauty, clean water and vibrant communities are protected by providing accurate and timely information to community members and decision makers.

Appalachians Against Pipelines: Defending Appalachia from the Mountain Valley Pipeline, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and more.

Appalachia Trail Conservancy

Center for Health, Environment, and Justice: helps build healthy communities nationwide. Since its founding in 1981, CHEJ has grown into the nation’s leading resource for grassroots environmental activism.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Climate Action Alliance of the Valley: Based in Harrisonburg, VA, the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley (CAAV) is dedicated to climate change concerns. Our efforts extend from pressuring government officials at all levels to prioritize the reduction of fossil fuel production to maintaining a lively climate change discussion in the valley.

Friends of Buckinham Virginia: The mission of the Friends of Buckingham is to preserve the natural resources and cultural heritage of Buckingham County.

Preserve Giles County: a citizens group organized to oppose interstate gas pipelines, and the hydraulic fracturing they sustain, and to preserve our natural heritage and the way of life it provides.

Preserve Montgomery County VA: A local grass roots movement working with other local and national organizations to stop the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Preserve Roanoke: A non-partisan grassroots citizens group working to raise public awareness about risks and impacts associated with the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline..

WEST VIRGINIA

Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights (West Virginia and Virginia): an interstate coalition representing individuals and groups from counties in Virginia and West Virginia dedicated to protecting the water, local ecology, heritage, land rights, human rights of individuals, communities and regions from harms caused by the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Mon Valley Clean Air Coalition: a partnership consisting of local citizens, environmental groups, and civic organizations who share a common concern about local air quality. We work together to raise awareness of air quality issues and effect changes that will improve the air we breathe.

Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance

West Virginians for Property Rights: We are a group of individuals who want to protect our property rights and make sure the gas companies treat surface and mineral owners fairly!!

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition: Formed in 1987 to stop a toxic waste dump/incinerator proposed for a low-income community near Huntington, WV. We won that campaign. By supporting organized voices and empowered communities, we’ve been winning environmental and social justice campaigns ever since

Summers County Residents Against the Pipeline: A group of Summers County, WV residents opposed to the Mountain Valley Pipeline and any other pipelines proposing to cross Summers County.

The West Virginia Rivers Coalition: Mission is to conserve and restore West Virginia’s exceptional rivers and streams. We believe that clean water is the foundation of life, and that all people should respect and be able to enjoy clean West Virginia rivers and streams.

Eastern Panhandle Protectors: Whether you’re a landowner feeling manipulated or bullied, a neighbor, a protector of Back Creek or an environmentalist who wants clean energy infrastructure, we are here to collectively stand together in opposing Mountaineer Gas and ensuring each voice is heard.

Preserve Monroe: A coalition of landowners, residents, businesses and organizations in Monroe County, WV. Preserve Monroe encourages citizens to participate in the responsible stewardship of our resources and to actively oppose projects that threaten the healthy and prosperous future of Monroe County and our families.

OREGON

Oregonians in Action:  A statewide, non-profit organization devoted solely to fighting for property rights and against excessive land use regulations. It works for sensible, fair and flexible land-use regulations and to protect property rights.

  • The Oregonians In Action Legal Center was established as a separate IRS 501(c)(3) corporation to provide legal services without charge in test-case litigation in land-use/property rights cases.
  • The Oregonians In Action Education Center is another separate IRS 501(c)(3) corporation which is engaged in educational efforts relating to land-use regulations and property rights. From time to time, separate political action committees (PACs) have been formed to raise and expend funds for candidates for elective office and for support of or opposition to ballot measures.

Citizens Against LNG

The Sierra Club Oregon Chapter: represents the organization’s 80,000 members and supporters in Oregon and has been hard at work protecting our state’s public lands and building an unstoppable environmental movement here since 1978. Today, the Sierra Club employs five staff in Oregon who work with volunteer leaders to advance the chapter’s campaign priorities.

Rogue Climate: Mission is to empower Southern Oregon communities most impacted by climate change, including low-income, rural, youth, and communities of color, to win climate justice by organizing for clean energy, sustainable jobs, and a healthy environment. We do so through leadership development, political education, fostering conversations, and campaigns for policies that benefit our communities over the special interests of the largest corporations.

Rogue Riverkeeper: Work at the local, state, and federal level to advocate for, support and implement protections for the Rogue River and the communities that rely upon it.

Stop Fracked Gas PDX: Dedicated to fighting climate disruption by stopping the Jordan Cove Energy Project and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.

WASHINGTON

Pipeline Safety Trust: promotes pipeline safety through education and advocacy, increased access to information, and partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government, and industry, resulting in safer communities and a healthier environment.

Coltura: We pursue state and local policies to end the use of gasoline. Our initial focus is on ensuring that all vehicles sold in California and Washington after 2030 are clean, zero emission vehicles. Phasing out gasoline and diesel vehicles in those states will blaze the path for other states and the entire country to transition off of gasoline.

Washington Trails Association

Sierra Club Washington State Chapter

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin Environment: dedicated to protecting our air, water and open spaces. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public and decision-makers, and help the public make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over the quality of our environment and our lives.

Superior Rivers Watershed Association: Our mission is to promote and protect clean water resources in Wisconsin’s Lake Superior basin.

Midwest Environmental Advocates: a nonprofit environmental law center that works for healthy water, air, land and government for this generation and the next.

350 Madison Climate Action Team: The Madison, Wisconsin, local action group of the international organization 350.org. Started by Madison area climate activists in January 2012, 350 Madison plans and participates in local, national, and international actions to raise awareness of the pressing need to address climate change.

Sierra Club Wisconsin Chapter: Wisconsin's voice for the nation's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

MINNESOTA

Friends of the Headwaters: a local citizen's group organized for the purpose of protecting our precious resources: Itasca State Park, the Mississippi River, our clean lakes and trout streams, the aquifer for our drinking water, our forests and wildlife from the potentially devastating impacts that will occur if the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline is constructed on the currently proposed route in Hubbard, Clearwater, Cass, Aitkin and Carlton Counties.

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy: Established in 1974, MCEA uses law, science, and research to protect Minnesota’s environment, its natural resources, and the health of its people.

Institute of Justice Minnesota Chapter

OHIO

Ohio River Citizens’ Alliance: a multi-state alliance of grassroots groups in the Ohio River Basin. We have organized to protect our watersheds as they flow into the Ohio River. Our primary goal is to be prepared to react quickly in responding to threats of all types to our precious water supply, especially fossil fuel energy and the waste stream it produces.

Athens County Fracking Action Network: a group of citizens and landowners who have come together over our concern with the potential impacts associated with horizontal hydraulic fracturing. We’re known as Athens County Fracking Action Network. Our mission is to work for the safety, economic interest, and quality of life for Athens County.

NO Nexus Pipeline in Michigan and Ohio: Along with sharing information this grassroots movement is creating an online community that will assist in stopping construction of the Nexus pipeline.

Buckeye Environmental Network: a non-profit committed to empowering grassroots organizations, individuals, and local communities to advocate for environmental justice.

Friends for Environmental Justice

Network for Oil and Gas Accountability and Protection: NEOGAP is organized to educate, empower, and advocate for the citizens of Ohio who are facing threats to health, safety, and property rights posed by oil and gas development.a non-profit committed to empowering grassroots organizations, individuals, and local communities to advocate for environmental justice.

Sierra Club Ohio Chapter

Ohioans Against Pipelines For Export: Three pipeline companies are planning to cross Ohio to send fracked gas from the shale fields to the Dawn Hub in Canada for liquefaction and exporting.

Appalachia Resist!:  We are residents of Athens and Meigs Counties who have come together to oppose fracking, injection wells, and the barging of frack waste on the Ohio River.

National
Action Groups

These groups provide a good overview of property rights and/or pipeline issuesand/or operate in multiple states:.

Bold Alliance.
boldalliance.org/ferc

The Castle Coalition.
boldalliance.org/ferc

Eminent Domian info by state.
eminentdomain.uslegal.com/state-laws-on-eminent-domain

Institute for Justice.
https://ij.org/

Pipeline Awareness network for the northeast
http://www.plan-ne.org/

Fracktracker
www.fractracker.org
SEE THE PIPELINE MAP WITH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS AND CONTACT INFO FOR YOUR REPRESENTATIVES: http://maps.fractracker.org/latest/?appid=7f269bb503b5497c9cbc0a63989834c1

State-By-State Pipeline Policy.
www.ncsl.org/research/energy/state-gas-pipelines-federal-and-state-responsibili.aspx

Northeast: Plan-NE.
www.plan-ne.org

Pipeline Safety Coalition.
http://www.pscoalition.org/pages/about

Pipeline Safety Trust.
pstrust.org
And their Landowners Guide to Pipelines : pstrust.org/about-pipelines1/landowners-guide-to-pipelines/

Stop the Pipelines.
stopthepipelines.org

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