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StateImpact: Towns take on gas industry, at their own peril
by Marie CusickStateImpact
March 30th, 2015
Undeterred by critics, communities across the U.S. - including Conestoga Township, PA - pursue Community Rights to challenge laws elevating corporate claimed "rights" over community authority to make local governing decisions.
Lancaster Online: Judge throws out challenges to home rule referendum for Conestoga, Martic townships
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
March 30th, 2015
Martic and Conestoga Townships in Lancaster County, PA, move a step closer to advancing Community Rights to protect themselves from an LNG pipeline: a County Judge threw out challenges to each of the Township's efforts to place Home Rule on the ballot in May.
Corvallis Gazette-Times: Ballot fight brewing over GMOs
by Bennett HallCorvallis Gazette-Times
March 27th, 2015
As Benton County, OR, residents, organic and sustainable farmers, and local food rights advocates advance their rights-based Local Food System Ordinance to the ballot, pro-GMO and business interests begin a propaganda campaign in an attempt to undermine the measure.
The Athens News: Courts not competent to rule on community bills of rights
by Dick McGinnThe Athens News
March 26th, 2015
Athens, OH, community rights advocate asserts the City's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking is about civil rights; as such, those rights cannot be overturned by any court. [CELDF note: The county judge in the referenced Broadview Heights, OH, case ignored the Civil Rights of residents because the City never used those rights in the defense of the ordinance.]
The Kane Republican: Seneca now seeks court injunction against Highland Twp.
by Ted LutzThe Kane Republican
March 25th, 2015
While Seneca Resources insists it has suffered "irreparable harm" from Highland Township, PA's, Community Bill of Rights banning fracking injection wells, residents assert they have an inalienable right to protect their water, and continue to back their Supervisors to exercise that right.
The Gazette: County judge rules against Broadview Hts. Bill of Rights ban on gas-oil well drilling
by John BensonThe Gazette
March 25th, 2015
Broadview Heights, OH, residents urge a defense of their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking based on rights, not zoning and Home Rule.
Lancaster Online: Anti-home-rule group from Conestoga Township loses candidates in court ruling
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
March 25th, 2015
As Conestoga Township, PA, residents advance community rights to protect themselves from LNG pipelines, opponents to their organizing try to undermine their Home Rule efforts. A Lancaster County Court judge ruled in favor of community rights supporters.
The Spokesman-Review: Envision Spokane initiative would add workers’ rights to city charter
by Nicholas DeshaisThe Spokesman-Review
March 25th, 2015
Envision Spokane - a community, rights-based organization in Spokane, WA - is advancing a Worker's Bill of Rights for the November 2015 ballot that would protect workers' rights to a living wage, equal pay for equal work regardless of gender or race, and other rights for workers.
The Register-Guard: Ruling sidetracked GMO petition
by Greg WassonThe Register-Guard
March 23rd, 2015
In a Guest Viewpoint, Oregon resident decries the power of a Lane County Clerk to refuse to certify a Community Bill of Rights protecting local and sustainable food systems to the ballot for a vote by County residents. Such action is a violation of federal constitutional rights.
The Athens News: LTE: In column, NEWS editor missed some points about fracking ban
by Mike RoweThe Athens News
March 23rd, 2015
Athens, OH, resident speaks to the City's Community Bill of Rights protecting residents from fracking and injection well contamination of water, and advocates for expanding those rights to Counties in southeast Ohio that are otherwise vulnerable to the industry's harms. The state and ODNR in no way are protecting communities, so residents must.
Press Enterprise: Study: Pipeline means 472 jobs
by Michael LesterPress Enterprise
March 23rd, 2015
While an industry-funded study of economic implications of a proposed pipeline in Columbia County, PA, promises jobs, CELDF points out industry bias, and recognizes much broader harms to communities' health and safety, the environment, and democratic harms when the people are deprived of their right to decide whether or not they want the pipeline.
Lancaster Online: Martic, Conestoga residents' anti-pipeline effort to install home rule government challenged in court
by Ad CrableLancanster Online
March 23rd, 2015
Residents of Conestoga and Martic Townships, in Lancaster County, PA, turn to Home Rule to advance Community Bills of Rights through a vote of the people. Local private interests are challenging this democratic move.
Inlander: Envision Spokane files new Worker Bill of Rights initiative
by Jake ThomasInlander
March 20th, 2015
Envision Spokane advances a CELDF-drafted Worker's Bill of Rights to protect workers' rights to a living wage, and three other key provisions.
Cleveland Scene: Judge Overturns Broadview Heights Ban on Drilling
by Eric SandyCleveland Scene
March 17th, 2015
The Ohio Courts continue to elevate the corporate claimed "right" to frack over the people's right to say no to fracking. Some residents assert such Court decisions are illegitimate.
EcoWatch: Community Rights vs. Corporate Rights: Citizens Fight for Home Rule Against Fracking and Pipelines
by Anastasia PantsiosEcoWatch
March 17th, 2015
Community Rights emerge as a compelling and powerful means to assert inalienable rights to local self-governance, clean air and water, and the right to protect communities' health, safety and welfare, as the oil and gas industry tries to force fracking and related infrastructure into communities.
Cleveland.com: Judge shoots down Broadview Heights ban on future oil and gas wells
by Bob SandrickCleveland.com
March 16th, 2015
The City of Broadview Heights missed an opportunity to defend the people's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking based on their rights. Instead, the City argued authority to regulate fracking under Home Rule - which has long been authority granted or taken away at the whim of the state legislature and the Courts.
The Athens News: What would you do?
by Conor MorrisThe Athens News
March 15th, 2015
Regardless of the recent County Court decision regarding Broadview Heights, OH's, Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, Athens residents and City Council members assert that, if necessary, they will enforce their Community Bill of Rights to protect residents from fracking and related activities.
OHCRN Statement: Broadview Heights, OH, County Court Decision Evokes Rallying Cry from Residents
OHCRN
March 15th, 2015
While a County Court elevates corporate claimed "rights" over community rights in Broadview Heights, OH, residents assert the decision is illegitimate, and determine to continue on.
Akron Beacon Journal: Judge strikes down Broadview Heights' community bill of rights
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal
March 15th, 2015
While a Cuyahoga County judge overturns Broadview Heights, OH's, Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, residents continue in their class action law suit, asserting their right to local self-government.
Eugene Weekly: Amendment Would Put Local Rights In Local Hands
Eugene Weekly
March 13th, 2015
The Oregon Community Rights Network (ORCRN) launches a campaign to place a community rights constitutional amendment initiative on the ballot for November 2016.
The Bradford Era: Highland Twp. to amend bill of rights ordinance ahead of lawsuit
by Colin DeppenThe Bradford Era
March 12th, 2015
Highland Township, PA, Supervisors and residents stand fast to defend their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking wastewater injection wells, adopted in 2013, against a lawsuit by Seneca Resources. The Township is voting to amend their bill of rights to make clearer what it covers.
Fox 43 News: Anti-pipeline activists seek Home Rule in Conestoga
by Katie KyrosFox 43 News
March 12th, 2015
As pipelines plans continue to spread, Conestoga Township, PA, residents turn to Home Rule to advance community rights in order to protect themselves from this unwanted and harmful infrastructure project.
Lancaster Against Pipelines: Martic Residents Move to Enact Home Rule
Lancaster Against Pipelines
March 12th, 2015
Martic Township, PA, residents - facing a pipeline proposal - launch a Home Rule campaign to advance community rights to protect themselves from this harmful project.
The Gazette: Supreme Court ruling troublesome for Broadview Heights drilling case
by John BensonThe Gazette
March 11th, 2015
Broadview Heights, OH, residents use Munroe Falls decision to distinguish their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, from Munroe Falls' efforts to regulate fracking.
Midwest Energy News: Ohio towns play wait-and-see in wake of drilling ruling
by Ellen M. Gilmer and Mike LeeMidwest Energy News
March 10th, 2015
In the wake of the Ohio Supreme Court ruling in the Munroe Falls case, communities such as Broadview Heights distinguish their rights-based fracking ban from Munroe Fall's restrictive zoning law: the former's Community Bill of Rights is based on their inalienable right to local self-governance.
New Hampshire Public Radio: Newfound Voters Again Weighing Wind Restrictions
by Sam Evans-BrownNew Hampshire Public Radio
March 9th, 2015
Threatened with industrial wind farms, communities in New Hampshire use Community Bills of Rights to ban the harmful practices. The Town of Alexandria votes this Tuesday at Town Meeting on a second rights-based ordinance to strengthen their ban on unsustainable energy practices.
Rural America In These Times: The Spirit of 1773 and the Right to Local Self-Government
by Thomas LinzeyRural America In These Times
March 9th, 2015
Local governments began declaring their independence from England several years before the writing of the Declaration of Independence – with communities recognizing the need to take action to drive larger change. Communities today are taking similar steps.
Portland Tribune: Energy ordinance proposal faces legal challenges
by Courtney VaughnPortand Tribune
March 6th, 2015
As growing numbers of communities advance Community Bills of Rights to protect themselves from harmful activities - such as Columbia County, OR, residents facing pipelines - efforts to quash those rights increase as well. Columbia residents file to intervene to protect their right to place a rights-based initiative on the ballot.
LancasterOnline: Conestoga Township resident challenges pipeline claims
by Kimberly KannLancasterOnline
March 4th, 2015
Conestoga Township, PA, resident reveals determination of Lancaster County residents to protect themselves from a proposed gas pipeline threatening communities' clean air, local economy, and rural culture.
The Broadview Journal: State files motion to dismiss MADION case
by Jon HuggThe Broadview Journal
March 4th, 2015
The state of Ohio attempts to dismiss a class action lawsuit by residents of Broadview Heights. Residents are standing together to enforce their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, while the state argues they have no standing in their own community.
LancasterOnline: Home rule is the answer in Martic Township
by Emily Weinstock-CollinsLancasterOnline
March 3rd, 2015
Recognizing how corporations are violating communities' rights to make local governing decisions to protect themselves, Martic Township, PA, residents - threatened with a pipeline - leverage Home Rule to advance their community rights and protect themselves and the natural environment from harm.
The Kane Republican: Highland Supervisors: We're fighting the lawsuit
by Richie LeckerThe Kane Republican
March 3rd, 2015
Residents of Highland Township, PA, rally around Township Supervisors, supporting them in defending their Community Bill of Rights banning frack wastewater injection wells against Seneca Resources.
The Bradford Era: Highland Township plans to fight injection well lawsuit in federal court
by Colin DeppenThe Bradford Era
March 3rd, 2015
Highland Township, PA, residents urge their Supervisors to defend their community and fight Seneca Resources as the energy corporation files a federal lawsuit to overturn their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking injection wells. The ordinance was adopted by the township in 2013 to protect their water.
WeAreCentralPa.com: Tiny Township Faces Injection Well Lawsuit
by  Alex BelserWeAreCentralPA.com
March 2nd, 2015
Highland Township, PA, residents and Supervisors determine they are protecting their water through their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking injection wells - regardless of any lawsuits.
Allegheny Defense Project: Rural PA Township in the Allegheny National Forest refuses to be bullied by Houston, Texas based oil and gas company Seneca Resources Corporation.
Allegheny Defense Project
March 2nd, 2015
Highland Township, PA, supervisors voted last night to defend the people's Community Bill of Rights banning frack wastewater injection wells. Seneca Resources Corporation claims it has a corporate "right" to inject wastewater in the township, and does not recognize the community's right to protect their clean water.
Cleveland Scene: Enter Utica: The Fracking Industry Really Loves Ohio; Here's What's on Tap for All of Us
by Eric Sandy and Sam AllardCleveland Scene
February 25th, 2015
As the oil and gas industry expands in Ohio - with full support from ODNR and state government - communities face into what it will take to stop Goliath.
TDN.com: Group seeking ban on transport of fossil fuels through Columbia County
by Shari PhielTDN.com
February 24th, 2015
Columbia County, OR, residents advance a Community Bill of Rights to protect themselves from proposed large-scale transportation of fossil fuels as a violation of their rights to a healthy climate and to local, community self-governance.
InsideClimate News: Another Bid for Local Control Over Fracking Is Thwarted
by Zahra HirjiInsideClimate News
February 24th, 2015
Some Ohioans hold out hope that the recent Munroe Falls decision leaves room for leveraging regulation to try to keep fracking out of their neighborhoods. Others insist that regardless of the decision, communities have the right to make local governing decisions to protect their own health, safety, and welfare - including banning fracking as a violation of rights.
Letter-to-the-Editor: Ohio Supreme Court Ruling on Drilling Robs Rights from Communities
by Gwen B. FischerRecord-Courier
February 24th, 2015
In a letter-to-the-editor, Portage County resident decries the Ohio Supreme Court's decision in the Munroe Falls case, and invites residents to learn what they can do about it through Community Rights.
Examiner.com: Ohio Supreme Court gives oil and gas primacy over community rights in 4-3 ruling
by Steve Palm-HouserExaminer.com
February 23rd, 2015
The right to local, community self-government cannot be stripped away by any branch of government, because it is an inalienable right of the people to protect their health, safety, and welfare - regardless of the recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling in the Munroe Falls case.
Record-Courier: Kent Charter Review Amendment Would Prevent Petition Initiative
by Conner HowardRecord-Courier
February 20th, 2015
In backlash against a proposed Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking in Kent, OH, the city's law director moves to block such initiatives if considered to be in conflict with state or federal law - in effect stripping residents of their right to self-government.
BlogTalkRadio: Soldiers for Peace International: CELDF and Local Democracy with Kai Huschke
February 18th, 2015
While corporations are granted growing numbers of "rights" by the courts, local communities are asserting community rights to local self-government, and to clean air, soil, and water - and banning corporate activities that violate those rights. Listen to Rick Staggenborg's interview with CELDF's Kai Huschke.
WKSU News: Fallout from the Ohio Supreme Court Munroe Falls ruling
by Karen KaslerWKSU 89.7
February 18th, 2015
Ohio residents adopting Community Bills of Rights banning fracking make a distinction from the Munroe Falls case: Their initiatives are based on their civil right to make local governing decisions - including whether or not fracking will occur - rather than accepting fracking and trying to regulate it better.
The Athens News: Officials and activists react to state high court ruling against local fracking laws
by David DeWittThe Athens News
February 18th, 2015
Athens, OH, residents assert that the Munroe Falls decision by the Ohio Supreme Court overturning the City's regulation of fracking does not impact Athens' Community Bill of Rights banning fracking. The latter is a law based on rights - not regulating.
Gongwer Report - Ohio: Split High Court Says State Law Trumps Local Oil And Gas Drilling Ordinance
Gongwer Report
February 17th, 2015
Amidst much dissent, a slim majority of Ohio Supreme Court justices decides to further strip Ohio communities of their rights to local self-government. Will the people of Ohio abide this usurpation?
Cleveland.com: North Royalton, Broadview Heights, Gates Mills react to Ohio Supreme Court ruling in favor of oil and gas drillers
by Bob SandrickCleveland.com
February 17th, 2015
Communities speak out against the Ohio Supreme Court decision in the Munroe Falls case - including Broadview Heights and Gates Mills. Residents assert those who are directly impacted by fracking must be the ones to decide whether or not it is allowed in their communities.
The Athens News: Letter-to-the-Editor: Fracking waste injection wells an insult and an abomination
by Dick HoganThe Athens News
February 15th, 2015
Athens County, OH, resident sees rights to clean air, soil, and water - and the rights of future generations - at stake as communities of Southeast Ohio are threatened with the transportation and injection of fracking wastewater.
LancasterOnline: Gas pipelines make bad neighbors
by Mark ClatterbuckLancasterOnline
February 11th, 2015
Lancaster County, PA, resident debunks industry claims about the Atlantic Sunrise pipleline project, which threatens communities and local ecosystems for foreign exports and profits.
Foster's Daily Democrat: Barrington citizens add resource protection item to March ballot
by Melinda ShofnerFoster's Daily Democrat
February 8th, 2015
Barrington, NH, residents bring a Community Bill of Rights initiative to direct democracy at Town Meeting in March. The Barrington community is threatened by water, gravel, and mineral extraction, and is using Community Rights to protect themselves and local ecosystems.
LancasterOnline: 8 pipeline protesters plead guilty to trespassing, are fined $100 each
by Ad CrableLancasterOnline
February 5th, 2015
Lancaster County, PA, residents make clear their stand to protect their communities from a pipeline project, refusing to be intimidated by criminal charges and vowing to continue thwarting the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline.
Sentinel-Tribune: Letter-to-the-Editor: County citizens need to stand up against pipelines
by Lisa KochheiserSentinel-Tribune
February 4th, 2015
Wood County, OH, resident Lisa Kochheiser calls out the corporate siting of pipelines as creating sacrifice zones, and urges county residents to use a Community Bill of Rights to protect themselves from harms posed by pipelines.
Oregon Public Broadcasting: Could A Community Bill Of Rights Keep Out A Gas Pipeline?
by Jes BurnsOregon Public Broadcasting
February 3rd, 2015
Douglas and Coos Counties in Oregon, facing LNG pipelines, are using Community Rights to protect themselves. Both counties are looking at Community Bill of Rights to legally recognize their right to local self-governance, and ban the pipelines.
The Spokesman-Review: Court orders initiative vote
by Nicholas DeshaisThe Spokesman-Review
January 30th, 2015
The Washington State Appellate Court ruled in favor of a Community Rights initiative that had been kept off the ballot by local corporate and government interests, finding that the right of initiative by the people is protected.
Huffington Post: 'Supreme Court Five' Unleash Government Of, By and For the Oligarchs
by Michele SwensonThe Huffington Post
January 28th, 2015
As the Supreme Court forces decisions on communities that benefit corporations and harm democracy, communities are working at the grassroots to adopt Community Bills of Rights that codify people's rights to local self-governance and sustainable communities - banning those corporate activities that violate those rights.
Truthout: ALEC Forces the Question: Will Labor Really Go Local?
by Simon Davis-CohenTruthout
January 25th, 2015
While ALEC and other pro-corporate entities attempt to decrease worker rights,CELDF partners in Colorado and Spokane, WA, begin working on Community Bills of Rights to protect workers' rights, building on the "floor" of rights established at the state and federal levels.
E&E Publishing: Speaking for the trees, lawyer pushes unconventional doctrine
by Ellen M. GilmerE&E Publishing
January 7th, 2015
While the oil & gas industry protests, CELDF & allies bring forward the Rights of Nature as the basis to give ecosystems legal standing to protect itself. The Little Mahoning Watershed in Grant Township, PA, filed to intervene in a case against Grant's Community Bill of Rights banning frack wastewater injection wells.
CELDF Statement: Lancaster County, PA, Community Members Halt Pipeline Drilling Activity
January 6th, 2015
While Conestoga & Martic Township residents urge their local electeds to adopt Community Bills of Rights banning pipelines, they take action through peaceful civil disobedience to stop pipeline test drilling taking place in their community.
Fox 43: Pipeline protest holds up natural gas drilling project in Conestoga Township
by Rebecca SolomonFox 43
January 5th, 2015
CELDF partner communities in Lancaster County, PA, declare a complete rejection of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project, and site protecting the land and rural culture as reasons behind their direct action to stop the project from cutting through their Townships.
StateImpact: 8 protestors arrested at pipeline testing site in Lancaster County
by Katie ColaneriStateImpact
January 5th, 2015
Lancaster County, PA, residents use peaceful civil disobedience to stop drilling at a proposed pipeline site. Residents are acting to protect their community and local ecosystem's rights to clean air, water, and soil.
The World: Citizens have a right to a guaranteed voice
by Patricia GouveiaThe World
December 29th, 2014
Coos County, OR, residents recognize that only they have the inalienable right to make the decisions about those things impacting their community. They are gathering signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights on the May ballot that secures that right, and bans LNG pipelines.
Truthout: Challenging Bedrock Law: "Dillon's Rule" in Detroit and Beyond
by Simon Davis-CohenTruthout
December 27th, 2014
As an entrenched legal doctrine stripping communities of their rights to local self-governance becomes more evident to growing numbers of communities, CELDF is partnering with many of those communities to challenge and change that doctrine.
Record-Courier: Outside money influenced Kent ballot issue
by Mike Sever and Conner HowardRecord-Courier
December 26th, 2014
Kent, OH, residents' Community Bill of Rights banning fracking lost by a slim margin in November. Today, they learn of large outside corporate spending to defeat their measure.
The Bradford Era: Disputed injection well moving forward in Highland Township
by Chuck AbrahamThe Bradford Era
December 25th, 2014
Seneca Resources attempts to move forward with siting a fracking wasterwater injection well in Highland Township, PA. To do so would violate the Township's Community Bill of Rights banning injection wells, and residents insist on their right to make governing decisions within their community.
WTAE Pittsburgh: Chronicle: Drilling Down (Part 6: "Whose Land is It?")
by Paul Van OsdolWTAE Pittsburgh
December 19th, 2014
Residents of western Pennsylvania determine to protect their community, families, and the land by banning fracking through Community Bills of Rights, and Rights of Nature conservation easement.
Oregon Public Broadcasting: Benton County Voters Will Decide On GE Crop Ban Next Year
by Ryan HaasOregon Public Broadcasting
December 19th, 2014
Residents of Benton County, OR, place a CELDF-drafted Food Bill of Rights on the ballot for May 2015, to protect community rights to local, sustainable food systems that are GMO-free.
Eaglefordtexas.com: Dispute pits small community against large gas driller
by Justin DennisEagleFordTexas.com
December 16th, 2014
Grant Township, PA, Supervisors, residents, and the Little Mahoning Watershed stand behind their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking injection wells and protecting local ecosystems, determined that unjust laws must be challenged and changed.
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript: Pipeline meeting draws big crowd
by Ashley SaariMonadnock Ledger-Transcript
December 16th, 2014
Southern New Hampshire communities unite in opposition to a gas pipeline project threatening their Towns, and learn about Community Rights as a means to protect residents and local ecosystems.
Watchdog.org: One PA ecosystem enters the court fray over fracking waste
by Rachel MartinWatchdog.org
December 15th, 2014
As fracking, its wastewater, and fracking infrastructure grow, communities are adopting Community Bills of Rights to protect themselves - and now local ecosystems are using this rights-based structure to protect themselves as well.
The Athens News: Oil industry spokesman gets it wrong about local fracking ban
by Austin Babrow, Barb Campagnola, et.al.The Athens News
December 14th, 2014
More than a dozen Athens residents make clear that their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and related activities is about the people of Athens uniting to assert their right to local self-governance in protecting their own health, safety, and welfare against corporate harms.
The Roanoke Times: Linzey: To stop pipeline, force local governments to pick a fight
by Thomas LinzeyThe Roanoke Times
December 14th, 2014
CELDF's Thomas Linzey reminds Virginia residents of their democratic forebears as communities seek ways to protect themselves from harmful corporate pipeline projects.
Sentinel & Enterprise: Pipeline no more popular in N.H.
by Michael CromwellSentinel & Enterprise
December 13th, 2014
Mason, NH, residents gather to oppose a gas pipeline threatening their community, and learn about CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights to stop harmful corporate activities as a violation of Community Rights.
The Morning Call: Township takes novel approach to ban fracking
by Justin DennisThe Morning Call
December 13th, 2014
Should corporate claimed "rights" to inject frack wastewater supersede the rights of a community to clean water? Residents of Grant Township, PA, insist community rights to clean water, and the right of the Little Mahoning Watershed to flourish, are elevated over any corporate privileges to cause harm.
Lancaster Online: At little risk, supervisors could stand up for residents
by Luke BuntingLancaster Online
December 11th, 2014
Conestoga Township, PA, resident urges the use of their proposed Community Bill of Rights banning pipelines to change our structure of law, such that community rights to local self-governance and to protect themselves are elevated above corporate claimed "rights."
Public Herald: Pennsylvania Ecosystem Fights Corporation For Rights In Landmark Fracking Lawsuit
by Melissa TroutmanPublic Herald
December 10th, 2014
Grant Township residents ally with the Pennsylvania Community Rights Network, CELDF, and 100 other Pennsylvania communities to protect residents and ecosystems from corporate harms. Today, the Little Mahoning Watershed in Grant Township joins them, defending itself in a lawsuit against fracking wastewater.
The World: Coos County sustainable energy ordinance in the works
by Carly MayberryThe World
December 8th, 2014
While some claim federal law trumps any right to local self-governance, residents of Coos and Douglas Counties, OR - facing harmful pipelines - assert that the right of the people to local self-governance is the highest law. They are moving Community Bills of Rights initiatives to the ballot to codify that right.
The World: People should govern, not corporations
by Mary GeddryThe World
December 6th, 2014
Coos County, OR, residents facing a LNG pipeline take a stand to assert their authority to make self-governing decisions about what happens within their county. Residents are advancing a Community Bill of Rights to secure their rights and ban unsustainable energy projects.
NGI's Shale Daily: Residents of Ohio Suburb Sue to Protect Fracking Ban
by Jamison CocklinNGI's Shale Daily
December 5th, 2014
With a judge ruling that Broadview Heights, OH, residents could not intervene in a lawsuit regarding their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking because they had no interest in the case, residents file a class action lawsuit against the state and two energy corporations to enforce their right to protect their community and make local self-governing decisions.
Cleveland.com: Broadview Heights activists sue Ohio Gov. John Kasich and state over gas, oil wells
by Bob SandrickCleveland.com
December 5th, 2014
Broadview Heights, OH, residents determine to defend their right to local self-governance, and to protect themselves from fracking, through a class action lawsuit against the state of Ohio and two oil and gas corporations.
Lancaster Online: Conestoga Township rejects anti-pipeline ordinance
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
December 3rd, 2014
Despite 200 Conestoga Township, PA, residents passionately urging their Supervisors to adopt their Community Bill of Rights banning an LNG pipeline as a violation of community rights, Supervisors folded, representing corporate interests over the health, safety, and welfare of their constituents.
State Impact: Indiana County township claims ecosystem has legal rights
by Susan PhillipsState Impact
December 1st, 2014
Grant Township, PA, residents see their community rights to protect their health and safety, and the rights of the Little Mahoning Watershed to exist and flourish, as inseparable - and as superseding corporate claimed "rights."
Lancaster Online: Conestoga Township supervisors would make history Tuesday if they pass anti-pipeline ordinance
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
December 1st, 2014
Conestoga Township, PA, residents urge their Board of Supervisors to adopt their Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning pipelines as a violation of their rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance.
Lancaster Online: Supervisors should stand up to Williams
by Mark ClatterbuckLancaster Online
November 26th, 2014
In a letter-to-the-editor, a Lancaster County, PA, resident calls out the structure of law and governance we live under that forces unsustainable and harmful LNG pipelines into communities, calling for Township Supervisors within the County to adopt Community Bills of Rights to protect residents and local ecosystems.
Midwest Energy News: Ohio town, seeking to limit drilling, is latest at odds with state
by Kathiann M. KowalskiMidwest Energy News
November 24th, 2014
Regardless of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources partnering with oil and gas corporations to use the Ohio courts against communities, residents continue to assert their Community Rights to local self-governance and clean air and water through local bills of rights banning fracking.
The Columbus Dispatch: Fracking industry suing over drilling bans
by Laura ArenschieldThe Columbus Dispatch
November 21st, 2014
Community Bills of Rights initiatives are increasingly being used by Ohio communities to ban shale gas drilling and fracking, as corporations are claiming a corporate "right" to frack.
Truthout: Amending Colorado's Constitution: Do Communities Have Right to Clean Air and Water?
by Ruthi EngelkeTruthout
November 19th, 2014
Community efforts to stop fracking reveal that we have been divested of our human, civil and political rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance. Meanwhile corporations continue to clothe themselves in human civil and political rights and protections - with federal and state government as their tailors.
Daily Camera: Letter-to-the-Editor: Let the revolution begin
by Merrily MazzaDaily Camera
November 19th, 2014
In a letter-to-the-editor, Merrily Mazza of the Colorado Community Rights Network calls out that there is no remedy to protect our own health, safety, and welfare, under our existing structure of law and governance. Statewide Community Rights Networks are working to change that.
Fort Bragg Advocate-News: Fracking ban success surprises supporters
by Matthew ReedFort Bragg Advocate-News
November 13th, 2014
Mendocino County, CA, residents voting to use Community Rights to ban fracking by an overwhelming majority in the November election, welcome the broader conversation about the recognition of community rights within the county.
Fort Bragg Advocate-News: Fracking ban success surprises supporters
by Matthew ReedFort Bragg Advocate-News
November 13th, 2014
Mendocino County, CA, residents using Community Rights to ban fracking by an overwhelming majority in the November election, welcome the broader conversation about the recognition of community rights within the county.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Disagreement on legal authority complicates local fracking bans
by Daniel MoorePittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 11th, 2014
Community Bills of Rights banning fracking are democratic laws that are to be defended and enforced - just like any other law adopted by the people, says CELDF's Ohio Community Organizer Tish O'Dell.
MGX.com: The LNG prosperity myth
by MagixMGX.com
November 9th, 2014
Blogger Magix reveals the false claims of energy corporations in favor of an LNG pipeline cutting through Coos County, OR, and what residents can expect from corporate opponents of the community's Coos County Right to Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance, headed for the ballot next May.
EagleFordTexas.com: Mendocino County voters ban fracking
November 7th, 2014
Mendocino County, CA's, Community Bill of Rights banning fracking protects residents and local ecosystems, and challenges existing law that denies communities the right to local decision-making, the right to clean air and water, and the right to create sustainable communities.
Lancaster Online: 2 townships considering anti-pipeline ordinances
by Dan NephinLancaster Online
November 6th, 2014
Conestoga and Martic Township residents in Lancaster County, PA, urge their Township Supervisors to move forward Community Bills of Rights banning natural gas pipelines from their communities.
The Athens News: Athens the only Ohio city to pass a fracking ban this election
by Conor MorrisThe Athens News
November 6th, 2014
Athens, OH, city officials vow to enforce their newly adopted Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and related activities, while residents celebrate their overwhelming win.
MGX: Who Needs Congress?
MGX
November 6th, 2014
On the grounds that all power is inherent in the people, residents of Coos County, OR, facing an LNG pipeline harmful to their communities and local ecosystems, have filed a Community Rights initiative banning unsustainable infrastructure for the May 2015 ballot.
Yes! Magazine: 6 Ways Americans Voted Against Corporate Power in the Most Expensive Midterm Elections Ever
by Mary Hansen & Kayla SchultzYes! Magazine
November 5th, 2014
CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights banning fracking and challenging corporate claimed "rights" in Ohio and California take center stage.
E & E Publishing: 1 of 4 fracking bans passes muster with voters
by Pamela KingE & E Publishing
November 5th, 2014
Athens, OH, overwhelmingly adopts a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, while Youngstown residents vow to continue on to protect their City and build a Community Rights Movement.
The Athens Messenger: Athens anti-fracking bill of rights gets thumbs up from voters
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens Messenger
November 5th, 2014
Athens, OH, residents ban fracking and the transportation of frack waste within the City through a Community Bill of Rights. The initiative was supported by 78% of voters, and secures the community's rights to a healthy environment and to local self-governance.
EcoWatch: Fracking Ban Passes in Denton, Texas, Two California Counties and One Ohio Town
by Anastasia PantsiosEcoWatch
November 5th, 2014
Athens, OH, and Mendocino County, CA, adopt Community Bills of Rights banning fracking in a growing movement to secure residents' inalienable rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance - and banning fracking as a violation of those rights.
Press Release: Mendocino Co, CA, Adopts Community Bill of Rights Banning Fracking
November 5th, 2014
Mendocino County, CA, residents adopt the first-in-the-state Community Bill of Rights banning fracking with 67% of the vote.
Press Release: Athens, OH, Bans Fracking and Frack Waste Water Disposal as a Violation of Rights
November 5th, 2014
Last night, residents of Athens, OH, overwhelmingly asserted their rights to clean air, water, and to local self-governance, banning fracking and frack wastewater injection wells through the adoption of a Community Bill of Rights.

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