Update: Peruvian farmer harassed after lawsuit win against Newmont

February 4, 2015 • Shreema Mehta

After being beaten, robbed and sentenced to prison for fighting to protect her property, Maxima finally got justice against mining behemoth Newmont two months ago. But despite the victory, police harassment, backed by the mining company, has not stopped.


Protest of the Tres Rios February 2013 Oil and Gas Lease Sale Parcels

December 15, 2012 • Earthworks et. al.

DC Stands with Texas Tar Sands Blockade

October 15, 2012 • Hilary Lewis

Today a few dozen DC activists added their voices to the ongoing fight agains the Keystone XL Pipeline.

In support of the Tar Sands Blockade Tree Sitters, we brought a big ugly pipeline to the American Petroleum Institute headquarters in DC and called for clean energy and an end to the pipeline project.

Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of Texas and Oklahoma landowners and climate justice organizers using peaceful and sustained civil disobedience to stop the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The Tar Sands Blockade is the continuation of Tar Sands Action, one of the biggest environmental actions in US history that took place last year at the White House.


Texas Sample Oil & Gas Lease and Surface Use Agreement

June 9, 2011

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Panel 6: Citizen based monitoring approaches

November 20, 2010

Panel 4: When the landman comes knocking – strategic options for individuals and communities

November 19, 2010

Gas leasing: if you’re going to do it, do it right

October 19, 2010 • Nadia Steinzor

When the landman comes knocking, it s tempting to open the door wide. The promises made can be beguiling: fast cash, payments for years to come, and hardly any change on your property. Just sign up now

But harsh reality can set in fast. Maybe it s a road built right behind the house or through a crop field. Or barrels of toxic chemicals stored next to a drinking well. Perhaps the wastewater pond wasn t fenced, so thirsty livestock got sick. And when the royalty check arrives, it s far smaller than expected.

Across the Marcellus Shale region and beyond, there s abundant evidence that a rush to drill without strong regulations causes environmental and health problems. Less well-known is how the rush to lease in the absence of information, legal advice, and safeguards is harming many landowners, as well as their neighbors and communities. 

For more than a decade, OGAP has worked to inform property owners about their rights and what to consider before signing a lease most recently at landowner workshops in Ohio and Pennsylvania.


Look Before You Lease

October 18, 2010 • Nadia Steinzor