OGAP gets power-organizer

Posted by Christine, May 2, 2011

Durango, CO, May 2nd –“We are very pleased to announce Texas Sharon as our Gulf Region Organizer, said Gwen Lachelt, Director and Founder of EARTHWORKS’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project. Beginning today, Sharon Wilson, aka “Texas Sharon,” the prolific and much-respected Bluedaze blogger, becomes a full-time organizer for the nation’s leading oil and gas reform organization. 

Ms. Wilson will lead the organization’s campaign work in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. “The Gulf Region Organizer position represents a milestone for us and we are honored to be adding our voice and expertise to the citizens’ movement to reform gas drilling practices in this region”, Lachelt stated.

Sharon Wilson is considered the leading citizen expert in the Texas Barnett Shale and the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., major national news networks and national environmental organizations wanting an educational tour, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.

Sharon spent years educating others about environmental damage caused from weak regulation and lax enforcement before joining forces with the Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP). She worked with the Texas OGAP steering committee for several months to write Drill-Right Texas: Best Oil and Gas Accountability Practices for Texas. Sharon joined OGAP as the part-time Texas organizer in January 2010. She helped neighborhoods all across the Barnett Shale organize and fight for drilling moratoria until city ordinances were updated. Working with impacted communities, she developed case studies of health impacts and presented those to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in North Carolina and then in D.C. These case studies were expanded and compiled with additional information in OGAP’s latest report, Flowback: How the Texas Natural Gas Boom Affects Health and Safety.

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