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.
We come from a range of backgrounds. What we have in common is a vision of our community and of Appalachia more generally: we believe in streams you can drink out of, sweet air, and a place where our kids can play outside.
The fracking industry poses a direct and immediate threat to this vision.
While we work with other groups, ours is focused on direct action; we interfere directly and nonviolently with the environmental destruction we oppose.
Appalachia Resist! was born in June 2012, when Madeline ffitch blocked access to the frack waste injection well on Ladd Ridge Road in Athens County. Madeline acted to draw attention to the false choice the energy industry and the state agencies present: we can be poor, or we can accept poison in our air, soil, and water.
Appalachia Resist! does not accept that these are our only options. We work to build vibrant, resilient communities that are economically and ecologically sustainable and that can and do advocate for their right to breathable air and drinkable water.
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