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Residents of Lafayette, CO, file a first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit against the State, Governor John Hickenlooper, and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, to protect the rights of the people of Lafayette to self-governance - including their right to ban fracking.

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CELDF In The News

Press Release: Lafayette, CO, Residents Seek Injunction Against State & Oil and Gas Industry for Violating the Right of Local Self-Government
08/19/2014 - Lafayette, CO, residents seek a preliminary injunction against the State of Colorado, the Governor, and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association to enforce their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking - adopted overwhelmingly by residents last November
The Vindicator: Community Bill of Rights falls in line with Ohio Constitution
08/17/2014 - In a letter-to-the-editor, Youngstown, OH, resident asserts alignment of their Community Bill of Rights with rights enumerated in the Ohio Constitution (3rd letter).
Cleveland.com: Gates Mills residents argue with law director, council over anti-fracking bill of rights
08/14/2014 - Gates Mills, OH, municipal officials attempt to thwart residents' efforts to move forward a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking as their mayor develops a forced pooling plan to allow fracking village-wide.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Gas well company sues over Grant Township's banning of oil, gas waste
08/12/2014 - Pennsylvania General Energy Corporation files a federal lawsuit against Grant Township, PA's, Community Bill of Rights banning fracking wastewater injection wells. Corporate attorneys argue Grant Township residents have no right to protect their clean water because it violates corporate claimed "rights."

From Our Blog

Network Coordinator to Advance the New Hampshire Community Rights Network
07/25/2014 - CELDF announces Michelle Sanborn as our new New Hampshire Community Rights Network Coordinator. Michelle led her hometown of Alexandria, NH, in adopting a Community Bill of Rights banning unsustainable energy development projects in March 2014.
Why the People of the Big Island Can’t Ban GMOs Without Challenging Corporate “Rights”
07/11/2014 - A simple ban on GMOs in Hawai'i County misses addressing our structure of law and governance that allows GMOs at all. To successfully stop them, ordinances are needed that challenge that structure and remove corporate claimed "rights" to plant GMOs against community wishes.
CELDF Statement on New York Fracking Decision
07/01/2014 - We congratulate the victory in the New York Court of Appeals for banning fracking. We also recognize the Court, rather than affirming communities' right to local self-governance, instead affirmed the state legislature may at any time remove those bans. Read more here.
Daily Kos: New Civil Rights Movement
06/15/2014 - A diary from occupystephanie draws parallels between Community Rights and other rights' movements, and describes CELDF's work with municipalities across the U.S. to leverage those rights to protect ourselves and the natural environment from corporate harms.