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Milford, PA environmental group wins MoveOn.org grant

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Air Soil Water announced on Tuesday December 17 that MoveOn.org had awarded the Milford, PA based nonprofit environmental group its first grant in the amount of $500. One of just 50 recipients, the award honors grassroots leaders in the fight against fracking. The grant also includes a 2-month expert training course to help their community campaign against hydraulic fracturing.

Jolie DeFeis, the group's most visible member, said that the applications and essays came from across the country. Each application was then reviewed and selected by renowned author and activist Sandra Steingraber, Native American environmental leader Kandi Mossett and MoveOn.org Civic Action Executive Director Anna Galland.

Air Soil Water’s essay focused on how the Delaware Valley area is being affected by pipeline infrastructure including the recent announcement of plans for an increased capacity compressor station. Air Soil Water will use the funds to support community efforts to raise awareness for the compressor station and pipeline projects.

Another local activist. Alex Lotorto said on Facebook, “Hey! Our local environmental group got a grant to help fight gas pipelines and compressor stations!”

It was Lotorto who had informed the group of the availability of the grant.

Many other residents of Pike County and beyond also voiced their congratulations and support for the group.

Air Soil Water is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for sustainable energy sources, teaching and empowering youth to learn to appreciate the need for alternative energy sources moving beyond fossil fuels. Air Soil Water’s mission is to teach and achieve sustainability by educating and engaging the community for measurable public benefit. Since its inception Air Soil Water has developed a Milford Farmers Market, started a food producing garden at Delaware Valley Middle School and raised awareness for various pipeline infrastructure projects affecting the Delaware Valley region.

For more information on the group and their activities, they have a Facebook Group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/290155837788655/), a website (www.airsoilwater.org) or you can email them at airsoilwaterorg@gmail.com.

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