About This Film: Jen Slotterback was hiking in her favorite park when she found signs of surveying for gas drilling, or fracking. She went home and told her husband Jim, and although the two had never been actively involved in the issue of gas drilling, they immediately began a campaign to save the park. The board that controlled the park was set to vote on whether to drill in the park in 11 days. The story of the Slotterbacks' journey of those 11 days is the subject of this film.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival showcases environmental and adventure films illustrating the Earth's beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment.
Behind the Scenes Multimedia Producer Chris Jordan writes about the making of this film in "Fighting Fracking: A Love Story".
What You Can Do: A Citizen's Tip Guide
Jim and Jen Slotterback had only 11 days to save their favorite park from gas drilling—and they succeeded. People in cities and towns all around the country are finding a way to protect the things they love from fracking. You can too. Here's how:
1. Learn The Lay Of The Land
Jen Slotterback noticed gas drilling survey markers during a visit to a local park.
Is fracking coming to a shale deposit near you? Find out by visiting a map of active and potential fracking areas. If it’s already in your area, find out exactly where through WellWatch, a resource about companies and wells in operation throughout the United States.
2. Figure Out What's At Stake
Jen and her husband Jim had many treasured memories at Rider Park and decided they couldn't bear to see it destroyed.
What are you willing to fight for and what are the most pressing threats to it? Is it your city's drinking water supply? Your local air quality? A special place? A clean energy future?
3. Target Decision-Makers
You Can Influence
The Slotterbacks did some digging and found out the First Community Foundation had the power to decide what would happen to the park. The foundation had a public reputation that they weren't eager to tarnish.
Find out who can give you what you want and figure out how you will make them give it to you. Maybe it's your city councilmember or Member of Congress who is worried about re-election and will help pass a local ordinance or federal law.
4. Forge Alliances
If you care enough to fight for something, chances are someone else does too.
5. Demonstrate Public Support
Oil and gas companies have a lot of money. We've got people power. Show your strength by showing your numbers.
You can organize people with a petition, like the Slotterbacks did. Or gather supporters together at a public action. Whatever you do, make sure the decision-makers you are targeting can't ignore your numbers.
6. Get The Word Out
In the age of information, you have a lot of options.
Build public support by blasting out an email, starting a website, posting on Facebook. You can also take your message to the traditional media with a letter to the editor published in the local newspaper (tips at "Clean Water Not Dirty Drilling"), or a story aired on your local television station (tips at "Clean Water Not Dirty Drilling").
7. Take Time To Celebrate
Taking on powerful interests isn't easy.
Make time to celebrate victories—or even milestones along the way to a victory—with the people who helped make it possible.