First-in-the-nation action: Ecosystem files for intervention in lawsuit to defend own legal rights to exist and flourish - The Little Mahoning Watershed in Grant Township, PA, filed to intervene in a lawsuit in which PGE Corporation is claiming a corporate "right" to inject frack wastewater....


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The Columbus Dispatch: Fracking industry suing over drilling bans
11/21/2014 - 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.
Daily Camera: Letter-to-the-Editor: Let the revolution begin
11/19/2014 - 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.
Press Release: First-in-Nation: Ecosystem Files to Defend Legal Rights to Exist & Flourish
11/18/2014 - Today, for the first time, an ecosystem in the United States filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit to defend its own right to exist and flourish. The Little Mahoning Watershed and Grant Township, PA, residents come up against the Pennsylvania General Energy Corporation.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Disagreement on legal authority complicates local fracking bans
11/11/2014 - 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.

From Our Blog Make no mistake, this is war
11/19/2014 - Blogger Magix reviews corporate onslaughts to advance their destruction - in this case, in Coos County, OR - and how communities are asserting their inalienable rights to protect themselves through enacting rights-based law.
Written Word, Spoken Word: SWEPI v. Mora County: The Purple Haze of U.S. Judge James Oren Browning
11/13/2014 - Blogger Frances Madeson shares the surreal proceedings in the oral arguments of the SWEPI v. Mora County, NM, case. SWEPI is suing to overturn Mora County's Community Water Rights and Local Self-Governance Ordinance.
Global Exchange's People to People Blog: Fracking Corporations Played the Democracy Game – Two Communities Set New Rules this Election
11/12/2014 - Growing numbers of communities - including Athens, OH, and Mendocino County, CA - banned fracking by asserting their inalienable right to make governing decisions, and elevating community rights above corporate claimed "rights" when they harm a community.
Punishing Democracy
11/10/2014 - Denton, TX, joins a growing number of communities being sued by their own government and corporate entities, to punish communities for democratically enacting bans on fracking.