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E&E News: County Defends its Fracking Ban as it Declares Corporations Aren't People
by Mike LeeE & E Publishing
November 18th, 2013
[Correction: CELDF assists communities in drafting Community Rights laws. The Dryden, NY, ordinance banning fracking is not a Community Rights ordinance, and we did not assist in its drafting, as this article indicates.]
Climate Progress: Is Fracking a Civil Right?
by Emily AtkinClimate Progress
November 16th, 2013
Corporations and one person file suit claiming violations of 1st, 5th, & 14th amendment rights by the Mora County, NM, Community Rights Ordinance banning fracking. At stake: do corporate claimed "rights" to frack supersede Community Rights to clean air, water, and the right to local self-governance?
Gas Daily: Producers Sue New Mexico County Over [Community Rights] Drilling Ban
by Jim MagillGas Daily
November 15th, 2013
Corporate claims to constitutional "rights" come up against Mora County's Community Rights to make the decisions about those things directly impacting them - including protecting their water.
Las Vegas Optic: SM Commission extending drilling moratorium
by Martin SalazarLas Vegas Optic
November 14th, 2013
San Miguel County, NM, residents urge the County Commissioners to use the fracking moratorium period to enact a Community Bill of Rights ordinance similar to neighboring Mora County's, protecting the people and prohibiting fracking.
Las Vegas Optic: Mora sued over [Community Rights] ordinance
by Martin SalazarLas Vegas Optic
November 14th, 2013
Corporate plaintiffs complain that their "right" to profits (among others) are usurped by Mora County's Community Rights law asserting their community's right to local self-governance and banning fracking.
New Hampshire Union Leader: Grafton residents glad to be dropped from wind project
by Dan SeufertNew Hampshire Union Leader
November 14th, 2013
Grafton, NH's, Community Bill of Rights asserting the town's authority over energy projects keeps Iberdrola from building an industrial wind farm. Iberdrola has dropped their plan to site in Grafton.
SF Gate: Oil and gas ban spurs lawsuit in NM county
by Susan Montoya BryanSF Gate
November 13th, 2013
Mora County, NM, is ready to defend its Community Rights Ordinance banning fracking as a violation of the community's right to clean water.
Written Word, Spoken Word: Glad You're Waking Up To This
by Frances MadesonWritten Word, Spoken Word
November 13th, 2013
Blogger Frances Madeson gives a survey of the devastation from corporate activities, including fracking, that was presented by residents at the New Mexico Community Rights Symposium recently held in Santa Fe - as well as the Community Rights movement forming in response.
Santa Fe New Mexican: Mora County sued over oil-drilling ban
by Steve TerrellSanta Fe New Mexican
November 13th, 2013
Mora County Commissioners - voted into office on a Community Rights platform to stop fracking - are ready to face the oil and gas industry's challenge to the Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance adopted in April.
KOB Eyewitness News 4: Mora County oil and gas drilling ban heading to court
by Maria GuerreroKOB Eyewitness News 4
November 13th, 2013
The oil and gas industry sues Mora County, NM, - the 1st County in the U.S. to adopt a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking - arguing property rights come before rights to protect water.
Bangor Daily News: Charleston to weigh ordinance blocking east-west corridor
by Alex BarberBangor Daily News
November 12th, 2013
Charleston, ME, will consider a Community Bill of Rights banning an unsustainable transportation corridor being proposed. Charleston follows on the heels of Sangerville, ME's, Community Bill of Rights banning the same project, adopted by residents in September.
The Las Vegas Optic: Community rights laws defended
by Martin SalazarThe Las Vegas Optic
November 10th, 2013
CELDF's Thomas Linzey speaks to over 100 in Las Vegas, NM, on a new Community Rights movement to change the existing structure of unjust law, drawing parallels with the Abolitionists and other grassroots movements.
Bangor Daily News: Letter Confusion
by Don and Paula MooreBangor Daily News
November 8th, 2013
Orono, ME, residents make clear that Community Bills of Rights are about community empowerment. They elevate communities' rights to protect themselves, their quality of life, and the local environment from harmful corporate activities.
The Vienna Times: Commissioners take no vote on fracking referendum request
by Joe RehanaThe Vienna Times
November 8th, 2013
Southern Illinois group moving forward to gather signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the ballot in Johnson County next year.
The Energy Collective: Fracking and Local Referendums
The Energy Collective
November 8th, 2013
While communities in Ohio and Colorado are looking for ways to stop fracking, two of them – Lafayette, CO, and Oberlin, OH, - have adopted CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights this week to ban fracking as a violation of rights.
Tribune Chronicle: Anti-fracking bill going back on the ballot?
by Ron Selak, Jr.Tribune Chronicle
November 7th, 2013
Youngstown residents bringing forward a Community Bill of Rights to protect the city from fracking celebrate the gains they made in this week's election, and promise to return again in 2014.
Press Release: Ohio and Colorado Voters Adopt Community Bills of Rights
CELDF
November 7th, 2013
Ohio and Colorado voters adopt Community Bills of Rights. Lafayette, CO, is first in the state to do so, despite pro-fracking interests outspending Community Rights efforts by wide margins in both states.
Earthworks: Fracking Causes Democratic Outbreaks Across the US
by Bruce BaizelEarthworks
November 7th, 2013
Communities send message to the oil and gas industry that they don't have "the final word on how we live," as residents adopt Community Rights ordinances banning fracking.
SustainableBusiness.com: Big Money Doesn't Always Win: Fracking Bans, No Coal Exports
SustainableBusiness.com
November 7th, 2013
Despite industry money flooding elections, Community Bills of Rights banning fracking win in Lafayette, CO, and Oberlin, OH.
Switchboard: Voters in CO and OH approve anti-fracking measures
by Kate SindingSwitchboard
November 7th, 2013
Lafayette, CO, and Oberlin, OH, adopt CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights banning fracking on Tuesday.
The BG News: Fracking amendment rejected
by Alex AlusheffThe BG News
November 6th, 2013
Bowling Green's mayor, city council, and chamber of commerce opposed residents' Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, which lost in yesterday's election.
Reuters: Colorado an energy battleground as towns ban fracking
by Keith CoffmanReuters
November 6th, 2013
Communities in Colorado send a clear message across the state, as 3 towns vote to protect their communities from fracking - including Lafayette, CO, with the first CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights adopted in the state.
TheDenverChannel.com: Voters pass fracking bans in Fort Collins, Boulder, Lafayette; Broomfield ban fails by 13 votes
by Deb StanleyTheDenverChannel.com
November 6th, 2013
Lafayette, CO, residents adopt a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, sending a clear message across the state. [CELDF note: this article incorrectly states that Lafayette adopted a moratorium.]
National Geographic Daily News: Results Mixed on Colorado and Ohio Fracking Ban Initiatives
by Joe EatonNational Geographic Daily News
November 6th, 2013
CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights ordinances and charter amendments are adopted in Lafayette, CO, and Oberlin, OH, and defeated in Bowling Green and Youngstown, OH.
The Colorado Independent: Fracked citizens to Hickenlooper: ‘Can You Hear Us Now?’
by Gary WocknerThe Colorado Independent
November 6th, 2013
Lafayette, CO, residents vote overwhelmingly in favor of a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning fracking. This is the first CELDF-drafted CBOR in the state.
The Bradford Era: Ridgway Twp. votes no on home rule
by Colin DepenBradford Era
November 6th, 2013
Ridgway Township, PA, voters decide not to pursue a home rule charter as a means to local decision-making over what happens in their community, including fracking.
The Blade: Environment bill of rights fails in B.G.
by Tom HenryThe Blade
November 6th, 2013
In Bowling Green, OH, Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking fails following strong official opposition.
Vindy.com: Youngstown voters reject anti-fracking amendment again
by David SkolnickVindy.com
November 6th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, supporters of a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking lost by 9.7% Tuesday. Supporters spent $693 on their campaign, compared to $74,449 by the opposition.
The Tribune: Across northern Colorado, measures banning fracking in municipalities likely to pass
by Whitney PhillipsThe Tribune
November 5th, 2013
Fracking bans across Colorado appear to be wins, including a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights ordinance prohibiting fracking as a violation of Community Rights in Lafayette.
The Huffington Post: Four Colorado Cities Vote On Whether To Halt Fracking
by Kate SheppardThe Huffington Post
November 5th, 2013
Four Colorado communities - including Lafayette, where a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights is on the ballot, - bring fracking bans to a vote.
The Southern Illinoisan: Local control being petitioned: No fracking referendum in Johnson County, yet
by Nick MarianoThe Southern Illinoisan
November 5th, 2013
Community Rights begins in Illinois as Johnson County residents consider a Community Bill of Rights campaign to ban fracking.
The BG News: City charter campaigns bolster as election nears
by Alex AlusheffThe BG News
November 4th, 2013
In Bowling Green, Community Bill of Rights supporters recognize the charter amendment is about more than just fracking, but also about the right to self-government impacting ecosystems, economies, and people's health, safety, and welfare.
The Piscataquis Observer: Letter to the Editor - Sangerville a leader in self-governance
by Melissa RandallThe Piscataquis Observer
October 30th, 2013
Sangerville, ME, resident stands behind their first-in-the-nation Community Bill of Rights infrastructure ordinance, adopted by residents in September.
Climate Central: Some Voters Taking on Fracking Nov. 5, But Is it a Trend?
by Bobby MagillClimate Central
October 30th, 2013
Ohio and Colorado Community Bills of Rights banning fracking gain attention amidst growing fracking concerns across the country.
Sentinel-Tribune: To the Editor: Experience drives anti-fracking stand
by Leatra Harper Sentinel-Tribune
October 30th, 2013
Former Bowling Green, OH, resident - seeing firsthand the negative impacts of fracking - urges residents to support the Community Bill of Rights banning fracking.
Climate Progress: David V. Goliath: Colorado Towns Take On Gas Giants To Rein In Fracking
by Tom KenworthyClimate Progress
October 30th, 2013
Lafayette, CO, residents push for a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, undaunted by the gas and oil industry's money or implicit threats of lawsuits.
The Athens Messenger: Group reworks fracking ban initiative for spring 2014 ballot
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens Messenger
October 28th, 2013
Athens, OH, residents - denied their right to vote on a duly qualified Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking this fall - begin to collect signatures to place a slightly revised Community Rights initiative on the ballot in May.
Sentinel-Tribune: To the Editor: There's good news in BG charter amendment
by Don SmithSentinel-Tribune
October 28th, 2013
Bowling Green, OH, resident calls out the absurdity of the city government's criticisms of a local initiative asserting Community Rights. The initiative - a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning fracking - is on the ballot November 5th.
You Tube: Anonymous Youngstown - Health Risks of Fracking
by AnonymousYou Tube
October 26th, 2013
Anonymous endorses Youngstown, OH's, Community Bill of Rights protecting residents and local ecosystems from fracking.
Vindy.com: McNally outraises Kitchen 5-1 in Youngstown mayor’s race
by David SkolnickVindy.com
October 25th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, residents supporting a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking have spent $2,000 on their initiative, compared to anti-Community Rights interests who have spent $74,000.
The Morning Journal News: Election: Oberlin residents to vote on fracking
by Jon WysochanskiThe Morning Journal News
October 25th, 2013
Oberlin, OH, residents place a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and related activities on the ballot November 5th.
Vienna Times: Opposition to fracking in Southern Illinois remains resilient
Vienna Times
October 24th, 2013
Johnson County, IL, begins to look at a Community Bill of Rights to ban shale gas drilling and fracking - a practice arriving in the state over the last year.
Boulder Weekly: Oil/gas rep: Anti-fracking groups are well-funded, too
by Jefferson DodgeBoulder Weekly
October 24th, 2013
A spokesperson for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association claims that local Colorado communities asserting their rights to ban fracking receive funding on par with the industry. Boulder Weekly debunks her assertions.
The BG News: Protect BG Attorney claims city misinterpreted charter amendment
by Alex Alusheff The BG News
October 21st, 2013
Bowling Green, OH, attorney blasts the city's misconstruing of a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning fracking.
Press Release: Community Rights Organizer Sets Sights on Fracking in Southern Illinois
by Natalie LongCELDF
October 18th, 2013
CELDF's Illinois affiliate Community Rights Organizer Natalie Long moves forward to assist southern Illinois communities to protect themselves from shale gas drilling and fracking through Community Bills of Rights.
Santa Fe New Mexican: Crusade to ban fracking gains steam in San Miguel County
by Staci MatlockSanta Fe New Mexican
October 18th, 2013
San Miguel County, NM, residents seek a fracking ban similar to Mora County's Community Bill of Rights that banned fracking, adopted by County Commissioners in April of this year.
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.

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