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Oil and Gas Accountability Project
A NODOG Cluster Group

Oil and Gas  Accountability Project
(originally Citizens Oil  and  Gas  Support  Center, a project of the San Juan Citizens Alliance, now a project of Earthworks)

Earthworks headquarters location:
1612 K St NW
Suite 808
Washington , DC 20006
http://www.earthworks.org

Phone: (202) 887-1872
Email contact:  jzippin@earthworksaction.org

EIN: 52-1557765
Founded: 1988
Exempt since: 19
88

OGAP office location:
PO Box 1102
Durango, CO 81302
Phone: (970) 259-3353
E-mail: gwen@fone.net
Web site: http://www.ogap.org/ (redirects to Earthworks)

 

Self-description: The Oil and Gas Accountability Project -OGAP- is committed to affecting oil and gas policy reform on the federal, state, tribal, and local level. We are in the process of building regional and national networks of organizations to address oil and gas policy issues. We have held conferences at the national level on the subject of oil and gas issues, and we have made publications to assist landowners.

Actual: Foundation-driven, aggressive campaigning to destroy oil and gas development, co-founded the No Dirty Oil and Gas (NoDOG) coalition, aka No Dirty Energy. Operates the website, No Dirty Energy.

Gwen LachletOrigin: The Citizens Oil  and  Gas  Support  Center was created by activist Gwen Lachelt in 1999 as a project of the San Juan Citizens Alliance, a citizen action group "committed to social change" in the San Juan Basin of southwestern Colorado.
The name was subsequently changed to Oil & Gas Accountability Project (OGAP)
 

Mineral Policy Center LogoEarthworks LogoOGAP was merged into the
Mineral Policy Center (founded 1988), which was renamed Earthworks in 2004.

OGAP is now a project of Earthworks.

History: OGAP attacks the oil and gas industry under the guise of bringing "greater corporate and governmental responsibility in the development of oil and gas resources," but has the actual goal of destroying America's fossil fuel industry completely.

OGAP has long operated a successful propaganda campaign to cause community groups to be concerned about oil and gas issues. OGAP's early campaigns in 2001 challenged national energy policy with the aim of eliminating the use of fossil fuels in the United States.

OGAP's early campaign, the Western Coalbed Methane Project (WCBMP) attempted to stop all coalbed methane operations in the American West.

Another early campaign, Democratizing Oil & Gas Commissions (DOGCOM), attempted to remove anyone associated with the oil and gas industry from membership in Colorado's Oil & Gas commission, thus eliminating anyone with actual knowledge or experience in the industry, with the purpose of appointing members who would shut down Colorado oil and gas operations completely.

Paul BrainerdIn 2004, Paul Brainerd, founder and donor of the Seattle-based Brainerd Foundation, recognized OGAP's ability to cripple America's oil and gas industry.
Paul Brainerd and his officers determined to advance the group through funding from his Brainerd Foundation.
 

Brainerd Foundation Banner

Brainerd's first step was to connect OGAP with an anti-oil and gas group from Canada, funding two small grants:

Dogwood Initiative, Victoria, British Columbia - 2004: $3,000 To fund a face-to-face strategy meeting of Canadian energy activists to develop a framework for a markets campaign.

Oil and Gas Accountability Project, Durango, Colorado - 2004: $2,000 To fund a workshop to train activists in Canada and the U.S. and to develop a corporate accountability campaign targeting one energy corporation that operates in both countries.

With these instructions from Brainerd, the Dogwood Initiative and the Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) held the workshop in Denver in September, 2004, titled, Corporate Energy Campaigning: Using financial pressure for conservation.

The NoDOG Group
The NoDog Group in Denver

The corporate campaign was a tactic invented by labor organizer Raymond F. Rogers, Jr. in 1974 and well known among environmentalists by the 1980s.

Shortly after the workshop, Brainerd Foundation gave a "challenge grant" to the Washington, D.C.-based Mineral Policy Center (founded 1988), which had Steven D'Espositoadapted the corporate campaign from a labor union tactic into an anti-mining tactic with its "No Dirty Gold" campaign under former Greenpeace leader, Steven D'Esposito. Brainerd directed the Mineral Policy Center to change its name to Earthworks and to merge with the Oil and Gas Accountability Project (see Brainerd's profile of the merger). The executive director of the new Earthworks would still be Steven D'Esposito. The challenge grant stated:

Earthworks, Washington, D.C. - 2004: $30,000 To advance a markets campaign to leverage the application of best practices within the mining industry.

The challenge grant did not state that the "markets campaign" was to transfer the "leverage" that had been used against the mining industry to be used against the oil and gas industry through the new partnership with OGAP.

The merger was completed in 2004 when two members of OGAP's board of directors,

Gloria Flora
Gloria Flora (renegade U.S. Forest Service supervisor)
 


 

and

Wilma SubraWilma Subra (leader of Louisiana Environmental Action Network), joined the board of the new Earthworks.


 

OGAP's last IRS Form 990 was filed in 2004, when Mineral Policy Center's Form 990 first used the name Earthworks.

Karin SheldonOne Earthworks board member, Vermont Law School Professor Karin P. Sheldon, had served on both Mineral Policy Center and OGAP boards since 2001.

She remains Chairman of the Board of Earthworks.
 

In late 2006, an anonymous person sent a warning memo to an oil and gas association, spelling out the details of a planned 3-year campaign to destroy the oil and gas industry in the Western United States, 2007-2009. The predictions for 2007 and 2008 have so far all proven correct. The "NoDOG MEMO" became a cause célèbre in mid 2007 when it was spread to many analysts and petroleum industry people. Read The NoDOG Memo here.

The Oil and Gas Accountability Project has claimed the memo is a fraud written by an oil company lobbyist, which begs the question of how an industry lobbyist would have such accurate detail on green group events months before they happened.

OGAP and Earthworks successfully pushed for anti-oil and gas legislation in New Mexico and Colorado in 2007, driving a number of oil and gas firms from the state, including Key Energy Services, which closed its Farmington, New Mexico natural gas operations in 2008, leaving 700 employees without a job.

In late 2008, the anti-oil and gas campaign had gone full force, with the congressional support of key Democrats and President-Elect Barack Obama.

Oil and Gas Accountability Project  financial condition 2004

Revenue     Expenses
Contributions $0
Government Grants $0
Program Services $0
Investments $0
Special Events $0
Sales $0
Other $0

 

Program Services $298,040
Administration $23,436
Other $10,974
Total Expenditures $332,450
Total Revenue $344,103   NET GAIN/LOSS 0

Oil and Gas Accountability Project Officers and Directors as of 2004

Name Title Compensation
Gwen Lachelt Exec Director/CEO $42,000
Karin Sheldon Board Member $0
Dan Heilig Board Member $0
Gloria Flora Board Member $0
Dan Randolph Chairman $0
Jill Morrison Secretary $0
Jack Scott Treasurer $0

Foundation grants to Oil and Gas Accountability Project

Grant Total: $1,607,492 

Number of Grants: 48


Donor Foundation
 

Amount

Year

Grant Description

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Westport
Connecticut

$175,000

2006

 

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Westport
Connecticut

$75,000

2006

Coalbed Methane Project

TRUE NORTH FOUNDATION
Grass Valley
California

$10,000

2006

Alaska program

TRUE NORTH FOUNDATION
Grass Valley
California

$125,000

2006

Alaska program

MAKI FOUNDATION
Aspen
Colorado

$10,000

2006

Protecting Critical Ecosystems from the Impacts of Oil and Gas Development

NORMAN FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$20,000

2006

Education activities

JESSIE SMITH NOYES FOUNDATION INC New York
New York

$30,000

2006

General support for a coalition of local state regional national and tribal organizations working on health and environmental issues associated with development of oil and gas resources

MCCUNE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Santa Fe
New Mexico

$5,000

2006

General operating support

NEW-LAND FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$15,000

2006

 

NORMAN FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$20,000

2005

Education activities

MCCUNE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Santa Fe
New Mexico

$5,000

2005

To support our New Mexico Oil and Gas Network in 2005

MAKI FOUNDATION
Aspen
Colorado

$7,600

2005

Protecting critical ecosystem from the impacts of oil and gas development

NEW-LAND FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$10,000

2005

 

HARDER FOUNDATION
Tacoma
Washington

$18,000

2005

General Support

NORCROSS WILDLIFE FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$5,000

2005

Reprint 'Our Drinking Water at Risk' & purchase monitoring equipment

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF AMERICA Westport
Connecticut

$75,000

2005

 

JESSIE SMITH NOYES FOUNDATION INC New York
New York

$34,000

2004

General support for a coalition of local, state, regional, national and tribal organizations working on health and environmental issues associated with development of oil and gas resources

NORCROSS WILDLIFE FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$5,000

2004

Print an updated edition of 'landowner's guide'

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Westport
Connecticut

$150,000

2004

Coalbed Methane Project with North Plains Resource Council, Powder River Basis Resource Council, Wyoming Outdoor Council, Native Action, San Juan Citizens Alliance, Western Colorado Congress

HARDER FOUNDATION
Tacoma
Washington

$15,000

2004

General support

NEW-LAND FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$10,000

2004

 

MAKI FOUNDATION
Aspen
Colorado

$5,000

2004

Protecting critical ecosystems from the impacts of oil gas development

NORMAN FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$20,000

2004

Educational activities

MCCUNE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Santa Fe
New Mexico

$8,000

2004

General operating expenses

TIDES FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$22,192

2004

 

BULLITT FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$9,000

2004

 

ALASKA CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
Anchorage
Alaska

$5,000

2004

 

MAKI FOUNDATION
Aspen
Colorado

$5,000

2003

Coal bed Methane Project

MCCUNE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Santa Fe
New Mexico

$5,000

2003

For expenses associated with the New Mexico Oil and Gas Network , a partnership of grassroots groups working to influence statewide policy

NEW-LAND FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$10,000

2003

 

LAZAR FOUNDATION
Portland
Oregon

$5,000

2003

 

HARDER FOUNDATION
Tacoma
Washington

$15,000

2003

General Support

NORCROSS WILDLIFE FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$5,000

2003

Purchase computer & publish oil/gas guide

THE THRESHOLD FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$12,000

2003

OGAP works with communities to prevent and reduce the social, economic, and environmental impacts caused by oil and gas development. It accomplishes this by bringing together more than 100 organizations to advocate for greater corporate and governmental accountability, responsibility, and respect for people and places in the course of oil and gas development. These organizations represent a grassroots network that works to affect oil and gas policy reform on the federal, state, tribal, and local level. OGAP multiplies the effectiveness of these grassroots organizations by providing support, networking, and coordination for activists engaged in campaigns against some of the United States mightiest corporations.

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Westport
Connecticut

$175,000

2003

Western Coalbed Methane Project

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Westport
Connecticut

$175,000

2002

Western coalbed methane project

NORCROSS WILDLIFE FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$6,000

2002

Publish two educational guides

PRENTICE FOUNDATION INC
Westport
Connecticut

$11,700

2002

General support

HARDER FOUNDATION
Tacoma
Washington

$16,000

2002

Public lands preservation

NEW-LAND FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$10,000

2002

 

NEW-LAND FOUNDATION INC New York
New York

$10,000

2002

 

MCCUNE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Santa Fe
New Mexico

$5,000

2002

To conduct assessment work concerning oil and gas in an effort to effect oil and gas policy reform in New Mexico

MAKI FOUNDATION
Aspen
Colorado

$5,000

2002

Western Coalbed Methane Project

HARDER FOUNDATION
Tacoma
Washington

$10,000

2001

 

NORCROSS WILDLIFE FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$10,000

2001

Computer-related & media equipment

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Westport
Connecticut

$175,000

2001

 

JESSIE SMITH NOYES FOUNDATION INC New York
New York

$25,000

2001

The Oil & Gas Accountability Project was created by the San Juan Citizens Alliance, a citizen action group committed to social change in the San Juan Basin of southwestern Colorado This grant supported a coalition of local, state, regional, national and tribal organizations working on health and environmental issues associated with development of oil and gas resources (First year of a two-year grant totaling $50,000 Total grants since 1998 $93,000) 

JESSIE SMITH NOYES FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$28,000

2000

The Oil & Gas Accountability Project was created by the San Juan Citizens Alliance, a citizen-action group committed to social change in the San Juan Basin of southwestern Colorado. This grant supported a coalition of local, state, regional, national and tribal organizations working on health and environmental issues associated with development of oil and gas resources. .Of this grant amount, $3,000 provided travel expenses for community people to go to a Citizens' Summit on Oil and Gas Issues. (Total grants since 1998: $68,000.)

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