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Helen Slottje: Fighting Fracking, And Winning

In this Down to Earth episode, Helen Holden Slottje, a lawyer in upstate New York, discusses her pioneering legal strategy to keep the controversial oil and gas development process known as "fracking" out of communities.

Thanks in large part to Helen Slottje's efforts, more than 170 communities in New York have fracking bans or moratoriums on the books. In 2014, Helen’s hard work and bravery were rewarded with the Goldman Environmental Prize, often referred to as the “Green Nobel Prize.” Helen spoke to Campaign Manager Kathleen Sutcliffe in April of 2013.

About Down to Earth

Down to Earth is an audio podcast series about the news, events and personalities that make up Earthjustice. Hear from attorneys, clients, scientists, and more on Earthjustice litigation. New episodes are released monthly. Subscribe on Soundcloud and iTunes.

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Teleconference: Fracking And Community Control

On June 20, 2014, in advance of a decision from New York’s high court over a pair of zoning-based oil and gas development bans, experts from New York, Colorado, California, Pennsylvania and Texas hosted a teleconference on the growing trend of community control over fracking.

Caution: Crude-by-Rail Crossing

In this Down to Earth episode, attorney Kristen Boyles discusses the fight to stop the expansion of crude-by-rail projects, which use trains to transport crude oil to facilities that then export it across the U.S. and internationally.