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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

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.
The Laconia Daily Sun: Wind farm company reps met by small army of protestors
07/17/2014 - An industrial wind energy company meets refusal of Alexandria, NH, residents to allow it to site in their Town. In March, residents adopted a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning industrial wind energy as a violation of community rights.
Cleveland.com: Two drilling companies sue Broadview Heights over ban on oil and gas wells
07/17/2014 - Broadview Heights, OH, residents, take steps to enforce their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking as energy corporations sue, claiming a corporate right to frack.
Union Leader: Alexandria won't approve permit for wind-power developer
07/16/2014 - Alexandria, NH, with a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance adopted by residents in March banning unsustainable energy development, stands firm against a Portuguese industrial wind development corporation.

From Our Blog

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.
People to People Blog: Why Mora County New Mexico is Fighting Frackers for Your Rights, too
06/10/2014 - Global Exchange's Kiara Collins explores Mora County, NM's, fight for all communities' rights.