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

Chagrin Valley Times Editorial: Restore rights to real people
10/14/2014 - Chagrin Valley News supports Gates Mills, OH, residents' Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, urging the community to restore democracy and their constitutional right to local self-governance. Rallying for local fracking regulations
10/12/2014 - Ohio grassroots groups rally with Kent, OH, residents to advance Kent's Community Bill of Rights initiative, which bans fracking, for the November ballot.
The Athens New: Vote yes on Issue 7, a concerted effort to save our Athens water
10/12/2014 - Athens, OH, resident urges support for their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and protecting the community's right to water and local self-governance.
This Changes Everything Blog: Hundreds of Communities are Building Legal Blockades to Fight Big Carbon
10/10/2014 - CELDF's work helping municipalities across the country to stop the oil and gas industry through elevating Community Rights over corporate claimed "rights," is growing.

From Our Blog

Colorado Community Rights Network Launches Fundraiser for State Ballot Initiative
10/17/2014 - The COCRN calls for support to advance the Colorado Community Rights Amendment for the state wide ballot in 2015. Check out their fundraising video on INDIEGOGO.
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.