Community Organizing Summit Hosted by the Appalachian Gas Working Group — April 6 – 8

We want to help you take action against extraction.

The Appalachian Gas Working Group (AGWG) invites grassroots groups, organizations, activists, and socially conscious folks who are interested in learning the basic tools of grassroots movement building to better their communities in any way, especially those who want to resist the growing threat of oil and gas extraction to attend our Community Organizing Summit, April 6-8, in Weston, WV.

The goal of the Community Organizing Summit is to empower and strengthen grassroots activism with leadership training, coalition building, and outreach. The Summit will also provide opportunities for in depth learning on select topics.

What: Community Organizing Summit, hosted by the Appalachian Gas Working Group
Where: Jackson’s Mill, 160 WVU Jackson Mill, Weston, WV
When: Friday, April 6 – Sunday, April 8

Sessions and Topics

Grassroots Skill Building

  • Speaking Across Bridges: How to talk with all sides.
  • Coalition Building: Strengthening through partnerships.
  • Maximizing & Diversifying Your Media and Outreach.
  • Community Canvassing: Cold calls, door-to-door, sculpting your “ask.”
  • Starting and Building a Campaign: Mission, goal setting, strategies, and more.

Community Education

  • Gas Related Health & Medical Effects: Impact on individuals and communities, available resources, and health surveys.
  • Permitting and Enforcement: Community oversight, enforcing the law, and protecting your rights.
  • Environmental Monitoring: Water, Air, and Land.
  • Appalachian Storage Hub, Mid-stream Processes, and What This Means to Your Community: Impact on individuals and communities by pipelines, storage facilities, cracker plants, and extraction.
  • Fighting Eminent Domain, Co-Tenancy, Forced Pooling, and Right To Trespass: Your rights and how to protect your land.


Registration is required by March 30. Complete your registration for attendance, meals and lodging through Eventbrite.

Limited scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance to attend. If you are applying for a scholarship, please fill out this form. Individuals applying for a scholarship do not need to register through Eventbrite. Scholarship applications are due by March 23.

About the AGWG:

The Appalachian Gas Working Group (AGWG) is a consortium of green minded groups and organizations. Their vision is to support healthy communities, property rights, and a just transition to clean renewable energy, while leading a coordinated effort to end public harm from fracking and gas related extraction and infrastructure.

Our Partners: WV Rivers Coalition, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), WV & VA Sierra Club, WV Highlands Conservancy, Appalachian Voices, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, PA League of Women Voters, Preserving Our Water Heritage and Rights (POWHR), Ohio River Citizens Alliance (ORCA), Friends of the Harmed, Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance, Wetzel County Citizen Action Group, Headwaters Defense, Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Indian Creek Watershed Association, Eight Rivers Council, Christians for the Mountains, Preserve Monroe, Summers County Residents Against the Pipeline, Doddridge County Watershed Association, SW PA Environmental Health Project, Southwings, WV Citizens Action Group, WV Surface Owners Rights Organization, Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action.
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