Pittsburgh Summit: The People vs. Oil & Gas Industry (11-17 to 11-20)

by Duane Nichols on November 14, 2017

The People vs. Oil and Gas Summit in Pittsburgh

The People vs. Oil and Natural Gas Summit will be held from Friday, November 17 to Monday, November 20 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh.

This Summit is an opportunity for communities who are fighting back against fossil fuels to gather to share stories, strategies, and skills, as well as to collaborate with other communities who are doing the same kinds of work across the country. Most exciting, on Monday we will taking action at energy companies’ headquarters to make it clear we will not stop fighting for our homes, water, and air.

Hotel rooms in Pittsburgh for the weekend are sold out, but if you’d like to attend the conference and are able to make it into the city, click here to register.


8:15-9:15 Breakfast
9:00 Registration Opens

9:20-10:20 Issue Panels:
-Climate & Infrastructure, -Wet Gas = Chemicals = Plastics

10:30-11:30 Issue Panels:
-Working with Landowners to Stop Fossil Fuel Infrastructure inc. How to Stop Eminent Domain
-Follow the Money: Funders of Fossil Fuel Infrastructure & How to Pressure Them to Stop

11:30-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:55 Grounding in This Place: A Welcome From Local Pittsburgh Organizers
2:00-2:45 Getting to Know Each Other: Participant Mingle

3:00-4:00 Issue Panels:
-Climate Justice and Jobs
-Indigenous Sovereignty & Fossil Fuel Fights: Legal, Policy, and Communications Strategies
-Womb to Tomb: Gas / Oil Distribution Cycle & Points of Intervention

4:30-5:30 Issue Panels:
-Coal Impacts from Mines to Power Plants – How We Fight
-Drivers of Expansion: Intervening to Prevent the Next Wave
-Rapid Response to Fossil Fuel Disasters
-Communities at Risk from FERC and Natural Gas Distribution Community Destruction

6:00-8:00 Social hour, food, and Conference welcome & overview of why we are here

7:30-8:15 Keynote: Community Impacts of Fossil Fuel Extraction & State of the Movement & Our Fights


8:00-9:00 Breakfast and Welcome

9:00-10:00 Stories from the Frontlines:
-Fracking & Frac Sand Mining, -Oil & Tar Sands Pipelines
-Gas Pipelines, -Oil Trains

10:10-11:10 Stories from the Frontlines:
-Regional Case Studies: PNW / Lummi & Gulf Coast, -Local Impacts in Pittsburgh
-State & Local Campaigns (inc. Local Land-Use Regulations)
-Other Infrastructure: LNG, Power Plants, Injection Wells, & More

11:10-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Block 1 Trainings:
-Using Legal Tools to Fight Back, -Recruitment & Leader Development
-Campaign Strategy, -Creative Actions

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Block 2 Trainings:
-Monitoring to Defeat Polluters & Hold Them Accountable, -Social Media & Messaging
-Targeting: Who Holds the Power and How to Move Them, -Using Direct Action to Win

2:40-3:30 Block 3 Trainings:
-Legal & Citizen Intervention, -Building Alliances & Networks
-Creating Political Power at the State Level, -Creative Art as a Campaign Tool

4:15-6:00 Collaborative Discussion

6:00-6:15 Announcements and Logistics

6:45-8:45 Dinner and FracTracker Awards Ceremony

More on Sunday & Monday.

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