One undercurrent in the fracking fight is the erosion of democracy. Large corporations exert political pressure and overpower local government and private individuals. Consider as an example the press to build 30,000 miles of gas pipeline in Pennsylvania when existing production and transport are sufficient for domestic needs. The State of Pennsylvania, the US Government, and the courts use sovereign powers to override local zoning and take land for these energy projects. Many see this as counter to the fundamental rights our democracy confers on all citizens and challenge the laws and regulations that support it.
The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is one advocacy group that addresses this threat to Democracy. Another is this webinar offered by The Next System Project: