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Vindy.com: Youngstown fracking ban on Nov. ballot exempts some businesses
by David SkolnickVindy.com
October 18th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, residents have a Community Bill of Rights on the ballot for November to protect the community from fracking and related activities.
Akron Beacon Journal Online: Group: Records show Halcon wants to drill under reservoir
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal Online
October 17th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, residents supporting a Community Bill of Rights discover Halcon - a fracking corporation - intended to frack near the Meander Reservoir. If the Community Bill of Rights is adopted in November, it will ban fracking.
Boulder Weekly: Election Guide 2013: Yes on Lafayette Ballot Question 300
by Boulder Weekly Staff Boulder Weekly
October 17th, 2013
Boulder Weekly endorses Lafayette, CO's, Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking, recognizing the Lafayette CBOR is much more protective of the community than other bans in the state, including asserting residents right to local decision-making regarding fracking.
Sentinel-Tribune: To the Editor: BG mayor statements questioned
by Jennifer KarchesSentinel-Tribune
October 17th, 2013
Bowling Green, OH, resident calls out the Mayor and utilities director's outlandish claims regarding the citizens' Community Bill of Rights ballot initiative banning fracking.
The Denver Post: Colo. Oil and Gas Association gives $600K to fight fracking bans on Front Range ballots
by John Aguilar and Megan QuinnThe Denver Post
October 16th, 2013
The oil and gas industry contributes more than $600,000 to defeat local, municipal initiatives fighting fracking in Colorado, including Lafayette's Community Bill of Rights that prohibits fracking as a violation of their rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance.
The Register-Guard: County should have right to regulate GMOs
by Anne KneelandThe Register-Guard
October 14th, 2013
Lane County, OR, residents are determined to move forward with a CELDF-drafted Local Food System Ordinance, protecting their community from GMOs, despite the state legislature's attempts to preempt them.
The Register-Guard: Activists highlight food issues
by Christian HillThe Register-Guard
October 13th, 2013
Despite the Oregon state legislature's attempt to preempt Oregon communities from protecting themselves from GM seeds, CELDF partners in Benton and Lane Counties move forward with Community Bills of Rights banning GM seeds and establishing local, sustainable food systems.
The Denver Post: Voters in four Colorado cities may call timeout on fracking
by Bruce FinleyThe Denver Post
October 13th, 2013
Colorado communities are under siege by the gas and oil industry. Many communities endorse moratoriums; only Lafayette, CO, residents endorse Community Rights via an initiative on the ballot that bans fracking as a violation of those rights.
Eugene Weekly: March for Local Food Rights
by Jordan Tichenor Eugene Weekly
October 10th, 2013
Eugene, OR, residents organize a March for Local Food Rights in support of creating sustainable food systems, as the Oregon legislature passes SB 863, stripping communities of local decision-making regarding GM seeds.
Sentinel-Tribune: BG forms charter coalition
by Harold BrownSentinel-Tribune
October 9th, 2013
A coalition of local government officials in Bowling Green, OH, unite to try to convince voters to vote "no" against their own Community Bill of Rights charter amendment that would protect them against fracking.
The Athens News: Council forum heavy on fracking, farmers market
by David DeWittThe Athens News
October 9th, 2013
Athens, OH, city council candidates speak to residents' rights to self-governance, and clean air and water, as the threat of fracking and related activities takes center stage in the community.
The Athens Messenger: At-large council forum brings public to campaigns
by Susan TebbenThe Athens Messenger
October 9th, 2013
Fracking is front and center for Athens, OH, city council election.
The Athens News: Group plans to try anti-fracking ballot measure again next year
by David DeWittThe Athens News
October 9th, 2013
Athens, OH, residents collect information needed to rewrite a Community Rights initiative banning fracking for the 2014 ballot in the face of their County Board of Elections' rejection of the duly qualified initiative for this year's election.
Read the Dirt: When The State Pushes Back
by Simon Davis-CohenRead the Dirt
October 8th, 2013
Editor Simon Davis-Cohen interviews CELDF's Pacific Northwest Community Organizer Kai Huschke about our structure of law and governance that functions to deny communities' rights when they interfere with corporate "rights," as seen today in both Washington State and Oregon.
The Post: Anti-fracking organization pushes for fracking ban initiative on the 2014 ballot
by  Kelly Fisher The Post
October 8th, 2013
Residents who qualified a Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking in Athens, OH, take action as the Board of Elections refuses to disclose their reasons for not allowing the initiative on the ballot for November.
The Athens Messenger: Anti-fracking group seeks elections board records
by Steve RobbThe Athens Messenger
October 7th, 2013
Supporters of a Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking in Athens, OH, have filed a public records request from the Board of Elections. The Board kept the initiative off the ballot, refusing to give its reasoning.
Vindy.com: Fracking ban
Vindy.com
October 4th, 2013
In an attempt to dissuade voters from adopting a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, Bowling Green, OH, city council adopts a non-rights-based ban on fracking. While this ban is open to a lawsuit on a number of fronts, Community Bills of Rights have yet to be challenged in court.
Vindy.com: Mahoning Valley politics are once again front and center on the national stage
Vindy.com
October 4th, 2013
Fracking proponents dangle oil and gas industry-backed research claiming positive economic benefits of fracking for Youngstown, OH, to deter residents from voting in their own Community Bill of Rights.
Akron Beacon Journal Online: New report looks at fracking wastewater in Ohio
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal Online
October 3rd, 2013
Ohioans are taking action to protect their communities from fracking and fracking wastewater by adopting Community Bills of Rights that ban fracking and related activities.
Northwestohio.com: BG environmentalists push charter to prevent fracking
by Eric WildsteinNorthwestohio.com
October 2nd, 2013
Bowling Green, OH, residents supporting a Home Rule Charter Amendment on the ballot for November that bans fracking and establishes Community Rights, held a panel discussion about fracking issues on Tuesday.
The Denver Post: Lafayette opposes fracking ban, occupation tax ballot items
by Doug PikeThe Denver Post
October 1st, 2013
Lafayette, CO, City Council comes out against the citizens' Community Bill of Rights initiative for November that bans fracking and establishes Community Rights, indicating citizens don't have the authority to protect their community and codify rights.
Global Exhange's People to People Blog: A One-Man Fracking Ban
by Caitlin KawaguchiGlobal Exchange
September 30th, 2013
J. Stephen Cleghorn of Reynoldsville, PA, is the first private property owner in the U.S. to create an easement recognizing the Rights of Nature. Any activities, such as fracking, that harm the ecosystem are banned.
The Athens News: In favor of fracking? If so, you’ll prefer NYC to Athens County
by Marie AnkromThe Athens News
September 29th, 2013
Athens County, OH, resident invites fracking proponents to relocate where fumes, bright lights, and quick money schemes abound.
Bangor Daily News: Sangerville adopts Community Bill of Rights ordinance; rejects East-West transportation-distribution corridor
by Gail DarrellBangor Daily News
September 26th, 2013
Sangerville, ME, residents adopt a Community Bill of Rights ordinance - the first in the country banning infrastructure projects without the consent of voters.
The Athens Messenger: Group unhappy with elections board response
The Athens Messenger
September 23rd, 2013
Athens County Board of Elections in Ohio refuses to explain why its members upheld a protest filed, blocking a Community Bill of Rights initiative from submission to the voters in November.
Foster's Daily Democrat: Northern Pass: Sit up and pay attention
by Gail Darrell, et. al.Foster's Daily Democrat
September 22nd, 2013
Ten residents from five New Hampshire communities across the state [not noted in this printing] send a message to Hydro-Quebec and their State government about the Northern Pass: Not in our backyard, not in anyone’s backyard. Not now, not ever.
The Athens News: Athens won't have anti-fracking measure on ballot this year
by David DeWittThe Athens News
September 22nd, 2013
The Athens, OH, Board of Elections quashes a duly qualified Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking in the city, thereby denying citizens' right to vote on the measure, and refuses to provide their reasons.
The Register-Guard: County GMO proposal advances
by Saul HubbardThe Register-Guard
September 21st, 2013
A Community Rights ordinance in Lane County, OR, banning GM crops and establishing the right to a sustainable food system, takes another step forward to qualify for the May 2014 ballot.
Observer-reporter.com: Youngstown debates a ban on fracking
by Natasha KhanObserver-Reporter
September 20th, 2013
Supporters of Youngstown, OH's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking indicate the measure is designed to protect Community Rights - and will not take away jobs.
The Athens News: Election board stands by decision to disallow ballot issue
by Steve RobbThe Athens News
September 19th, 2013
The Athens County Board of Election refuses to give the reason(s) for their decision not to allow a qualified Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning fracking on the ballot in November in the City of Athens.
Portland Tribune: Group to propose ballot measure banning GMOs in Multnomah County
by Steve LawPortland Tribune
September 19th, 2013
Multnomah County joins Lane, Jackson, and Benton Counties in Oregon with campaigns to place Community Rights measures banning GMOs.
Vindy.com: Niles to rescind drilling ban
by Jordan CohenVindy.com
September 18th, 2013
Gas and oil industry representatives persuade Niles, OH, City Council to rescind their Community Bill of Rights ordinance that bans fracking.
E & E Publishing, LLC: Local control is an issue as Utical Shale drilling ramps up
by Peter BehrE & E Publishing, LLC
September 17th, 2013
Shouldn't residents of a community be making the decisions about those issues directly impacting them? Local control vs state preemption is at stake in Ohio as fracking spreads.
The BG News: Bowling Green City Council passes fracking ban
The BG News
September 17th, 2013
In an effort to undermine the Bowling Green, OH, Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment that bans fracking as a violation of rights, the City Council passes a non-Community Rights ban on fracking.
The Blade: B.G. council unanimously passes ban on fracking
by Tom HenryThe Blade
September 16th, 2013
Bowling Green, OH, City Council members approve a non-Community Rights fracking ban to try to steer voters away from a Community Rights Charter Amendment that would prohibit fracking as a violation of the community's rights.
The Edwardsville Intelligencer: MUM's Sustainable Living Dept Hosts Activist Thomas Linzey who Specializes in Making Sustainability Legal
The Edwardsville Intelligencer
September 16th, 2013
CELDF's Thomas Linzey, ED, presents at the Maharishi University of Management on Community Rights as a new paradigm to protect people and nature, and make sustainability legal.
The Athens News: Letter-to-the-editor: Residents challenging fracking ban ought to be ashamed
by Paul TescherThe Athens News
September 15th, 2013
Paul Tescher reproaches the Athens County residents who challenged a Community Bill of Rights measure that would have protected the community from fracking and related activities.
The Athens News: Unlike in Athens, fracking bans proceed to ballot in two other Ohio cities
by David DeWittThe Athens News
September 15th, 2013
Efforts to stop Community Rights measures from being voted on by residents failed in two of three Ohio communities. Community Rights fracking bans proceed to ballot in three Ohio Cities.
Daily Camera: Guest column: Support for community bill of rights
by Irving F. Franke Daily Camera
September 13th, 2013
Irving Franke of Lafayette, CO, speaks to the urgent need for a Community Bill of Rights, not only in Lafayette to protect against fracking, but across the country, to reclaim our democracy.
Vindy.com: Fracking opponents prevail
by David SkolnickVindy.com
September 13th, 2013
Youngstown voters prevail in having the opportunity to vote regarding a proposed Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment, as the protest filed against the amendment was dropped. Speculation is that the Board of Elections would have denied the protest.
Sentinel-Tribune: Fracking to go on BG ballot
by David DupontSentinel-Tribune
September 12th, 2013
The Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment qualified by residents of Bowling Green, OH, is upheld by the Wood County Board of Elections in the face of a challenge. Residents will vote on the Community Rights measure in November.
The Athens News: Protest against fracking ban measure pulled at last minute
by David DeWittThe Athens News
September 11th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, Community Bill of Rights charter amendment unanimously certified by the Mahoning County Board of Elections.
The Gazette: Powerful environmental group targets Broadview Hts. oil-gas well bill of rights
by John BensonThe Gazette
September 11th, 2013
Munroe Falls, OH, appeals their case to the Ohio Supreme Court for the power to regulate fracking under Home Rule. Broadview Heights - adopting a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking in 2012 - joins in an amicus brief in support of Munroe Falls.
Denver Westword: Will Boulder embrace legal rights for plants and animals?
by Alan PrendergastDenver Westword
September 10th, 2013
Boulder County planning commission considers recognizing the Rights of Nature.
Capital Press: GMO initiative derailed by county
by Lacey JarrellCapital Press
September 9th, 2013
The Lane County, OR, County clerk's office stops a Community Rights initiative protecting communities from genetically-modified seed from moving forward.
Akron Beacon Journal: Athens law firm fighting Bowling Green charter amendment
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal
September 9th, 2013
An Athens law firm, representing pro-fracking interests, files its third protest (following Athens and Youngstown) in Bowling Green to stop citizens from democratically voting on a Community Bill of Rights initiative to protect the community from fracking.
The Athens Messenger: Group represented by Athens law firm withdraws protest against Youngstown anti-fracking measure
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens Messenger
September 9th, 2013
The Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth and Investment, a group of pro-fracking interests, withdrew their protest against a Youngstown Community Bill of Rights initiative that was qualified by citizens for the November ballot.
Occupy Law UK: How not to get fracked – what Balcombe can learn from communities in the US
Occupy Law UK
September 9th, 2013
Fracking is happening around the world. In this piece, Occupy Law UK looks to the Community Rights movement in the United States as a strategy to protect themselves from fracking and assert rights to local self-governance.
Vindy.com: Anti-fracking measure on Nov. ballot
by David SkolnickVindy.com
September 7th, 2013
Pro-fracking interests revealed on the Mahoning County Board of Elections this week, as a protest filed against a Community Bill of Rights citizens' initiative protecting the city from fracking was withdrawn.
WKBN 27 First News: Fracking amendment proceeding to ballot
by WKBN StaffWKBN 27 First News
September 6th, 2013
Community Bill of Rights supporters celebrate a gas and oil industry group's withdrawal of a protest filed to block the charter amendment from the ballot.
Vindy.com: Coalition drops challenge to fracking amendment
Vindy.com
September 6th, 2013
Youngstown, Ohio's Community Bill of Rights will be on the November ballot as local fracking industry interests withdraw their protest of the citizens' initiative.
Vindy.com: Anti-fracking amendment will be on fall ballot
Vindy.com
September 6th, 2013
Local oil and gas industry interests withdrew their challenge against the Youngstown, OH, Community Bill of Rights initiative just before the Board of Elections hearing was scheduled to begin.
Vindy.com: City residents have right to decide on Bill of Rights
by Jean EngleVindy.com
September 6th, 2013
Youngstown resident decries Board of Elections having authority to stop citizens from voting on a Community Bill of Rights initiative to protect the city from fracking.
The Athens News: Watershed summit to look at fracking, other issues
by David DeWittThe Athens News
September 2nd, 2013
The Athens Bill of Rights Committee, the local community group behind the Community Rights initiative recently blocked by the Board of Elections, is co-sponsoring a watershed summit this Saturday to discuss concerns to local water, including fracking.
The Athens Messenger: Group asks elections board to explain its rejection of anti-fracking initiative
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens Messenger
September 2nd, 2013
Athens, OH, residents request their Board of Elections to explain their rationale for refusing to allow their Community Bill of Rights initiative on the ballot. If adopted, the measure would have banned fracking.
WNTK Talk Radio 99.7 FM: 'Live and Local' with Ben Sarro interviewing Steve Kudlik of Grafton, NH
by Ben SarroWNTK Talk Radio
September 2nd, 2013
Grafton, NH, resident Steve Kudlik is interviewed by WNTK Talk Radio's Ben Sarro on "Live and Local," on Grafton's Community Bill of Rights ordinance adopted by citizens to protect the community from unsustainable energy projects.
Daily Camera: Opinion - Pomerance: The proposed Lafayette community bill of rights
by Steve PomeranceDaily Camera
September 1st, 2013
Former Lafayette, CO, City Councilman endorses Lafayette's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and protecting residents and local ecosystems.
Valley News: Letter: Defending Grafton's Rights
by Cindy KudlikValley News
September 1st, 2013
Grafton, NH, residents, adopting a Community Bill of Rights to protect their town from an industrial wind farm, site founding documents and their state Constitution for their right to local self-government.
Vindy.com: Youngstown anti-fracking amendment has enough valid signatures
by David SkolnickVindy.com
August 31st, 2013
The same law firm with gas industry ties that filed a protest against an Athens Community Bill of Rights banning fracking has been hired by the Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth and Investment to keep Youngstown's Community Bill of Rights off the ballot as well.
The Pacific Northwest Inlander: Judgment Day
by Heidi GrooverThe Pacific Northwest Inlander
August 30th, 2013
Corporate and government interests in Spokane, WA, succeed in blocking citizens' initiatives that would establish Community Rights.
The Athens News: Group wants election board to explain killing of frack measure
by David DeWittThe Athens News
August 28th, 2013
Athens, OH, community group insists on an explanation from the board of elections as to why a Community Bill of Rights was stripped from the November ballot.
The Pacific Northwest Inlander: Judge blocks Envision, SMAC initiatives from appearing on ballot
by Heide GrooverThe Pacific Northwest Inlander
August 24th, 2013
Judge Maryann Moreno blocks Spokane, WA, residents from voting on their Community Bill of Rights initiative - as corporate and government interests work together to block the right to vote and right to initiative.
Daily Camera: Oil and gas official: Lafayette ban could shut down natural gas to homes
by Joe RubinoDaily Camera
August 23rd, 2013
A Community Rights charter amendment protecting residents of Lafayette, CO, from fracking will remain on the ballot for November, and industry officials use fear in an attempt to turn residents against voting to protect themselves.
Press Release: Niles, Ohio City Council Adopts Community Bill of Rights
by CELDF
August 22nd, 2013
By a vote of 6-0 the Niles, Ohio City Council enacted an emergency Community Bill of Rights Ordinance that secures the rights of city residents and the natural environment to fresh water, freedom from chemical trespass, a sustainable energy future, and local self-governing authority.
Daily Camera: Lafayette hears arguments over fracking ban ballot issue challenge
by John AguilarDaily Camera
August 22nd, 2013
Lafayette City Clerk presiding over a hearing to determine the validity of petitions to place a Community Rights charter amendment banning fracking on the ballot in November.
Tribune Chronicle: Niles council votes to oppose drilling
by Ashley NewmanTribune Chroncile
August 22nd, 2013
Niles, OH, city council unanimously adopts a Community Bill of Rights protecting the community from shale gas drilling and fracking and related activities.
Tribune Chronicle: Niles adopts 'bill of rights'
Tribune Chronicle
August 21st, 2013
Niles, OH, quickly acts to protect residents and local ecosystems from fracking, passing a Community Bill of Rights in the face of a deep well permit recently issued.
Tribune Chronicle: Anti-Frack campout, festival planned
by Brenda J. LinertTribune Chronicle
August 20th, 2013
Fracking opponents and Youngstown proponents of a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment on the Youngstown ballot for November are meeting in Portage County, OH, this weekend for an "International Gathering" with music and education about fracking.
The BG News: Fracking ban amendment debated at city council
by Alex AlusheffThe BG News
August 19th, 2013
The city council in Bowling Green, OH, approves a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment protecting residents and local ecosystems from fracking for the the November ballot.
The Athens News: Elections board mum on reasoning for zapping fracking ban from ballot
by David DeWittThe Athens News
August 18th, 2013
The Athens, OH, Board of Elections decides to keep the Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking off the ballot, arguing the law is administrative instead of legislative. The local group bringing the initiative forward plans to appeal.
The Athens News: Elections board upholds protest of fracking ban proposal
by David DeWittThe Athens News
August 16th, 2013
Athens, OH, Board of Elections declines to certify the petitions submitted by advocates of a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning fracking.
Sentinel-Tribune: BG anti-hydraulic fracturing petitions certified
by Sentinel StaffSentinel-Tribune
August 16th, 2013
Residents of Bowling Green, OH have successfully placed a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the ballot for November.
WOUB Public Media: Board Votes Down Athens Fracking Ban Initiative
by Sara BrumfieldWOBU Public Media
August 15th, 2013
Athens, OH, Board of Elections unanimously votes down Community Bill of Rights initiative, blocking citizens from the opportunity to vote. Advocates for the initiative promise to appeal.
The Athens News: Fracking ban initiative backers predict success
by David DeWittThe Athens News
August 15th, 2013
If a protest filed against a Community Bill of Rights in Athens, OH, is successful, the local Bill of Rights Committee promises to appeal the decision, asserting any action by government to prevent residents from voting to alter their own laws undermines the democratic process.
Vindy.com: Petitions for an anti-fracking charter amendment were given to the city’s clerk of council
by David SkolnickVindy.com
August 13th, 2013
Youngstown residents concerned about the lack of local control to make decisions concerning fracking have submitted signatures for a November initiative placing a Community Bill of Rights on the ballot that would prohibit fracking.
The Athens Messenger: Anti-fracking ballot initiative protest hearing rescheduled for Thursday
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens News Messenger
August 12th, 2013
The election protest hearing to stop the initiative petition for the Athens Community Bill of Rights and Water Supply Protection Ordinance is rescheduled for Thursday.
Vindy.com: Anti-fracking amendment gets enough signatures to be on ballot again
Vindy.com
August 12th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, residents submit signatures for a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment on the ballot for November to ban fracking, and announce a press conference.
WKBN 27 First News: Fracking issue likely to appear on ballot
WKBN 27 First News
August 12th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, residents supporting a Community Bill of Rights to protect residents from fracking turn in almost 2500 signatures to the Board of Elections for the November ballot.
Boulder Daily Camera: Lafayette resident challenges validityof petitions seeking fracking ban
by John AguilarBoulder Daily Camera
August 9th, 2013
In an effort to keep the Lafayette, CO, Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking off the ballot in November, an industry employee and resident files a protest challenging the validity of the petitions.
Akron Beacon Journal Online: Bowling Green group pushing vote on citizen bill of rights
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal Online
August 8th, 2013
In Ohio, Protect Bowling Green's Press Release in the Akron Beacon Journal Online.
Press Release: Bowling Green Group Submits Bill of Rights Petition
Protect Bowling Green
August 8th, 2013
Bowling Green, OH, residents submit signatures qualifying an initiative to place a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the ballot for November.
The Gazette: Broadview Heights leaders are ready to defend gas and oil well bill of rights
by John BensonThe Gazette
August 7th, 2013
If Bass Energy attempts to begin drilling in Broadview Heights, OH, the city is prepared to enforce their Community Bill of Rights adopted in November 2012 by residents that bans fracking.
The Chronicle-Telegram: Oberlin fracking ban to appear on ballot
by Chelsea MillerThe Chronicle-Telegram
August 7th, 2013
Oberlin, OH, City Council approves city residents' petition placing a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the ballot in November.
The Athens News: Don't get bamboozled by self-serving wizards
by Robert L. WileyThe Athens News
August 7th, 2013
In a letter-to-the-editor, Robert Wiley calls out the motives of the attorney filing to protest against the Athens, OH, Community Bill of Rights measure.
Noozhawk: Fracking and the Rights of Nature
by Wayne MellingerNoozhawk
August 5th, 2013
Community Rights and the Rights of Nature are changing our western legal paradigm, and are tools to protect Santa Barbara, CA, from fracking.
Vindy.com: City Bill of Rights aims to help residents, not hurt businesses
by Lynn AndersonViindy.com
August 4th, 2013
Recognizing gas and oil industry funding misleading advertisements against a Youngstown, OH, Community Bill of Rights, a Youngstown residents lays out the facts to protect the city from fracking.
The Athens News: Protest filed against anti-fracking ballot measure
by Jim PhillipsThe Athens News
August 2nd, 2013
Local Athens, OH, attorney, employed by a law firm with substantial business in negotiating gas and oil drilling leases for property owners, files protest to stop Athens resident from voting on a Community Bill of Rights that would protect the city from fracking.
WKBN 27 News: Fracking bill could get another ballot run
by WKBN StaffWKBN 27 First News
July 30th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, residents gather signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights measure on the ballot for November that would ban fracking as a violation of those rights.
The Spokesman-Review: Hearing set for controversial city initiative
by Mike PragerThe Spokesman-Review
July 27th, 2013
Envision Spokane's Community Bill of Rights initiative remains on the ballot as a Spokane County judge rejected a request for a preliminary injunction. A hearing on the challenge is set for August 23rd.
The Pacific Northwest Inlander: Initiatives to appear on the ballot, for now
by Heidi GrooverThe Pacific Northwest Inlander
July 26th, 2013
CELDF partner Envision Spokane wins the first round as a coalition of corporate and county interests try to keep their Community Bill of Rights off of the November ballot for voters to choose whether or not to adopt the measure.
BroadView Journal: City contracts with law firm in drilling fight
by Matt LupicaBroadView Journal
July 26th, 2013
Residents of Broadview Heights, OH, back the City Council as they contract with Robert E. Sweeney Co. and CELDF to enforce their Community Rights charter amendment and stop construction of a fracking well.
Santa Fe New Mexican: Law center to help Mora County uphold fracking ban
Santa Fe New Mexican
July 25th, 2013
The Santa Fe-based New Mexico Environmental Law Center will represent Mora County, NM, if its Community Rights ordinance banning fracking is challenged in court.
The Athens Messenger: Athens fracking ban OK'd for Nov. 5 ballot
The Athens Messenger
July 24th, 2013
The Athens Community Bill of Rights and Water Supply Protection Ordinance, establishing Community Rights to clean air, water, and rights of nature - and banning fracking as a violation of those rights - is certified to go on the Nov 5th ballot in Athens, OH.
Earth First News: Youngstown Pushes for Protections from Fracking, Earthquakes and Pollution
by Frack Free MahoningEarth First News
July 20th, 2013
Pointing to fracking harms elsewhere, Youngstown, OH, residents move forward with qualifying another Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning fracking for the ballot in November.
Tribune Chronicle: Group again seeks frac ban in November election
Tribune Chronicle
July 19th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, Community Bill of Rights Committee seeks again to protect residents' rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance.
WKBN First News: Activists will try again for anti-fracking amendment
by WKBN StaffWKBN First News
July 19th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, residents mount a second campaign to place a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning fracking on the ballot for November.
The Register-Guard: Petition to ban genetically modified crops rejected
by Saul HubbardThe Register-Guard
July 19th, 2013
In Oregon, Lane County clerk tries to keep citizens' initiative for sustainable agriculture off the ballot. The community is going to appeal.
Capital Press: Lane County clerk rejects GM initiative
by Lacey JarrellCapital Press
July 18th, 2013
Lane County clerk rejects an initiative from community group wanting to protect the county from genetically-modified crops.
The Courier Express: Residents want home rule charter
by Katie WeidenboernerThe Courier-Express
July 18th, 2013
Ridgway Township, PA, residents are collecting signatures to establish a Home Rule Charter, asserting Community Rights to local self-governance, including the right to ban fracking.
Capital Press: Third anti-GMO initiative under way
by Lacey JarrellCapital Press
July 17th, 2013
Lane County, OR, joins Benton County in moving forward a Community Rights initiative to ban genetically-modified seed and create regional sustainable food systems.

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