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Residents of Lafayette, CO, file a first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit against the State, Governor John Hickenlooper, and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, to protect the rights of the people of Lafayette to self-governance - including their right to ban fracking.

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CELDF In The News

Cleveland.com: The fracking debate: How communities are trying to control drilling
07/28/2014 - Gates Mills, OH, residents petition to place a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the November ballot as their mayor looks to pooling to force fracking into the community.
Akron Beacon Journal: Two drilling companies file suit against Broadview Heights over city’s voter-approved drilling ban
07/25/2014 - Broadview Heights, OH, residents stand behind their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking - adopted by 67% of the voters in November 2012 - as the gas and oil industry files suit in an attempt to claim a corporate "right" to frack in the City.
Longmont Daily Times-Call: Boulder County home-rule charter proponents hope to gain spot on fall ballot
07/25/2014 - The Boulder County Community Rights Network in Colorado gathers signatures to create a Home Rule Charter Commission. The Network intends to enact a Home Rule Charter built on a Community Bill of Rights that would codify Boulder County's right to ban fracking and other harmful activities.
SpectraBusters:Community Bill of Rights against pipelines
07/20/2014 - Growing numbers of communities face unwanted shale gas infrastructure projects, such as pipelines. These authors urge residents to use Community Bills of Rights to stop them.

From Our Blog

Network Coordinator to Advance the New Hampshire Community Rights Network
07/25/2014 - CELDF announces Michelle Sanborn as our new New Hampshire Community Rights Network Coordinator. Michelle led her hometown of Alexandria, NH, in adopting a Community Bill of Rights banning unsustainable energy development projects in March 2014.
Why the People of the Big Island Can’t Ban GMOs Without Challenging Corporate “Rights”
07/11/2014 - A simple ban on GMOs in Hawai'i County misses addressing our structure of law and governance that allows GMOs at all. To successfully stop them, ordinances are needed that challenge that structure and remove corporate claimed "rights" to plant GMOs against community wishes.
CELDF Statement on New York Fracking Decision
07/01/2014 - We congratulate the victory in the New York Court of Appeals for banning fracking. We also recognize the Court, rather than affirming communities' right to local self-governance, instead affirmed the state legislature may at any time remove those bans. Read more here.
Daily Kos: New Civil Rights Movement
06/15/2014 - A diary from occupystephanie draws parallels between Community Rights and other rights' movements, and describes CELDF's work with municipalities across the U.S. to leverage those rights to protect ourselves and the natural environment from corporate harms.