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The Municipal Ordinance Project:

Protecting Communities from the Harms of Fracking


With pro-drilling politicians in power in Harrisburg, the best chance for stopping the fracking industry is by empowering local leaders to enforce local regulations to protect their communities. A Food & Water Watch initiative called the Municipal Ordinance Project (MOP) is designed to work with communities to develop protective zoning ordinances.

What MOP Does 

  • Identify municipalities that don’t have ordinances that appropriately address land uses issues tied to fracking operations.

  • Engage with local government and citizens to enact ordinances that are protective of the whole community by limiting the scope of the adverse health and safety impacts caused by drilling.

  • Organize local citizens to become effective advocates for the enactment of appropriate ordinances and to sustain long-term citizen engagement and empowerment. 

Read more about this initiative here. 


Shale Extraction and Public Health


Air Pollution from Fracking

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Risks and Harms of Fracking 

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Health Effects from Ozone Pollution

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