New Hampshire Union Leader: Network finds legislative sponsor for local land rights amendment
by Dan SeufertNew Hampshire Union Leader
October 8th, 2015
Representative Susan Emerson in the New Hampshire legislature introduces a community rights state constitutional amendment, brought forward by the New Hampshire Community Rights Network.
Union Leader: Northern Pass project remains a lightning rod
by Dan SeufertUnion Leader
August 21st, 2015
Opposition to Northern Pass - a 180-mile proposed route through NH of high transmission wires and steel towers reaching 140 feet in height - remains strong. CELDF partner, the New Hampshire Community Rights Network, stands strong to protect residents' right to decide whether or not Northern Pass sites here.
Foster's Daily Democrat: Reclaiming community rights is nothing new
by Michelle
June 3rd, 2015
A New Hampshire Community Rights Network Board member traces Community Rights back to colonial New England, where residents reclaimed those rights from the British Crown in the American Revolution - and where Community Rights are being reclaimed again today. CELDF can help communities
by Pamela
April 25th, 2015
In a letter-to-the-editor, New Hampshire resident and New Hampshire Community Rights Network member Pamela Martin recognizes CELDF's work to support communities in protecting their rights over corporate claimed "rights" and government interests.
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.
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.
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.
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. East-west corridor remains a danger
by Lesley
September 26th, 2014
Dover-Foxcroft, ME, resident urges communities to assert their rights to protect themselves from harmful corporate projects, such as the East-West Corridor, through Community Bills of Rights.
Sangerville, ME, Resident's Letter-to-the-Editor: Sangerville's Rights-Based Ordinance One Year Anniversary
by Eric Tuttle
September 13th, 2014
Sangerville, ME, celebrates the one year anniversary of the adoption of their Community Bill of Rights banning unsustainable energy development.
The Laconia Daily Sun: Wind farm company reps met by small army of protestors
by Thomas P. CaldwellThe Laconia Daily Sun
July 17th, 2014
An industrial wind energy company meets refusal of Alexandria, NH, residents to allow it to site in their Town. In March, residents adopted a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning industrial wind energy as a violation of community rights.
Union Leader: Alexandria won't approve permit for wind-power developer
by Dan SeufertUnion Leader
July 16th, 2014
Alexandria, NH, with a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance adopted by residents in March banning unsustainable energy development, stands firm against a Portuguese industrial wind development corporation.
New Hampshire Union Leader: Legal fund will back Alexandria in wind farm case
by Dan SeufertThe New Hampshire Union Leader
June 26th, 2014
CELDF offers to defend Alexandria, NH's Community Bill of Rights banning unsustainable energy projects, adopted by residents in March. A Portuguese energy corporation is exploring an industrial wind project in the community. If developed, the siting would violate the Community Rights Ordinance.
New Hampshire Union Leader: Wind company encounters opposition in Alexandria
by Dan SeufNew Hampshire Union Leader
June 18th, 2014
Alexandria, NH, residents, give a resounding "no!" to a corporation exploring an unsustainable energy project. Residents adopted a Community Bill of Rights banning unsustainable energy projects in March.
New Hampshire Public Radio: Developer Pulls The Plug On Wind Farm Proposed For Newfound Lake Area
by Sam Evans-BrownNew Hampshire Public Radio
May 27th, 2014
New Hampshire Towns adopting Community Bills of Rights to ban unsustainable energy development projects are successful as Iberdrola pulls plans for industrial wind project. Letters to the Editor: Reflections on Barrington proposal
by Jim
March 27th, 2014
Barrington, NH, resident clarifies what their proposed Community Bill of Rights banning water extraction and gravel mining means for the community.
Concord Monitor: Danbury voters block wind energy developments with new ordinances
by Sarah PalermoConcord Monitor
March 13th, 2014
Danbury, NH, residents vote in a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning industrial wind turbines, protecting their community's rural qualities and way of life.
New Hampshire Union Leader: 3 NH towns vote for local control over wind farm projects
by Dan SeufertNew Hampshire Union Leader
March 12th, 2014
Three NH communities' recent adoption at Town Meetings of Community Bills of Rights Ordinances banning unsustainable energy projects sited as clear message of what communities want.
Press Release: Town Meeting: New Hampshire Communities Advance Community Rights
March 11th, 2014
Three New Hampshire communities adopt CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights Ordinances at Town Meeting. The Ordinances assert rights to local self-governance and ban unsustainable energy projects.
Bangor Daily News - Letter-to-the-Editor: Citizen Reply to Coverage on the East-West Corridor
by Melissa RandallBangor Daily News
March 9th, 2014
Sangerville, ME, Selectwoman Melissa Randall calls out uneven coverage of the East-West Corridor threat by the Bangor Daily News. Town to vote on Bill of Rights to protect land, water resources But officials say it is not legally enforceable
by John
March 5th, 2014
Barrington, NH, residents prepare to vote on a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance brought forward by residents to assert their right to self-governance, protect the water and ban gravel mining. Their Town Meeting vote is Tuesday, 3/11.
New Hampshire Union Leader: Alexandria voters to take up wind power ordinance
by Dan SeufertNew Hampshire Union Leader
March 3rd, 2014
A Community Bill of Rights Ordinance establishing the right to a sustainable energy future, and banning unsustainable energy projects, is on the ballot this Tuesday in Alexandria, NH, at Town Meeting.
Press Release: Cambridge, Maine Voters Regroup after Vote on Community Bill of Rights
March 1st, 2014
Cambridge, ME supporters of a Community Bill of Rights look to next steps after today's Town Meeting.
New Hampshire Union Leader: Newfound Lake-area voters to weigh in on wind projects
by Dan SeufertNew Hampshire Union Leader
February 19th, 2014
Three communities in New Hampshire will vote at Town Meeting on CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights Ordinances that establish communities' rights to a sustainable energy future, and ban industrial wind projects as a violation of those rights.
Bangor Daily News: Letter-to-the-Editor: Vote mischaracterized
by Phillip BennettBangor Daily News
January 5th, 2014
Charleston, ME, resident calls out Senator's misrepresentation of events at a special Town Meeting regarding a Community Bill of Rights banning unsustainable infrastructure projects.
Press Release: Voters in Charleston “Pass Over” the Community Bill of Rights Ordinance
December 14th, 2013
Charleston, ME, residents pass over voting on a Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning unsustainable infrastructure projects as they pursue "further study and education" to move forward.
Bangor Daily News: Charleston residents ‘pass over’ ordinance to block east-west highway
by Nok-Noi RickerBangor Daily News
December 14th, 2013
Charleston, Maine, residents vote to pass on a Community Bill of Rights banning the East-West Corridor, a corporate infrastructure project threatening local ecosystems and communities' rural way of life.
Read the Dirt: The Devil in the Details of Local Law
by Cindy KudlikRead the Dirt
December 8th, 2013
New Hamphshire's Cindy Kudlik on how a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights ordinance kept out Iberdrola Corporation from unsustainable energy development in Town of Grafton.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Press Release: Sangerville, Maine, Adopts Community Bill of Rights Ordinance to Reject Transportation and Distribution Corridors
September 19th, 2013
Voters in Sangerville, ME, adopt a Community Bill of Rights ordinance to protect their municipality from a private transportation corridor.
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.
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.
Piscataquis Observer: Sangerville group outlines community bill of rights to halt east-west highway
by Mike LangePiscataquis Observer
June 26th, 2013
East Sangerville, ME, residents and selectmen partner with CELDF to use a Community Bill of Rights to stop a $2.1 billion limited access highway.
Press Release: New Hampshire Community Rights Network Signs the Barnstead Declaration
May 19th, 2013
The New Hampshire Community Rights Network signs the Barnstead Declaration, stating their intention to provide education for a statewide call for legislative and constitutional changes recognizing the right to local self-government and the Rights of Nature.
The Recorder: Committee next step for biomass
by Anita FritzThe Recorder
April 24th, 2013
Four years ago, an energy corporation tried to site a biomass plant in Greenfield, MA. Today, it's back, and residents are organizing to stop the project. CELDF is partnering with residents and local officials, including holding a Democracy School in May.
Bangor Daily News: East-West highway opponents, others learn tactics to block corporate developments
by Alex BarberBangor Daily News
April 8th, 2013
GUILFORD, Maine — A group of residents from 13 local communities gathered to learn about community-based rights over the weekend. The New Hampshire-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund led a democracy school in Dexter on Friday and Saturday and then a workshop in Guilford on Sunday, which was attended by about 60 people. “The work that we do is to assist communities as they exercise and assert their rights to self government,” said Gail Darrell, New England Community Organizer for the CELDF. “They learned the history of our governmental system, and from that history, they gathered knowledge in order to assert their rights locally.”
Press Release: Thornton, New Hampshire Rejects Community Bill of Rights To Ban Land Acquisition for Unsustainable Energy Systems
March 16th, 2013
Saturday, residents at Town Meeting in Thornton, New Hampshire (Population 1,800) rejected an ordinance to establish a Community Bill of Rights and prohibit corporations from engaging “in land acquisition necessary for the siting or construction of unsustainable energy systems” by a vote of 57:21. The ordinance would have recognized rights to pure water, clean air, a sustainable energy future, a “fundamental and inalienable right to protect and preserve the scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the town,” and that the people of Thornton at all times enjoy and retain “an inalienable and indefeasible right to self-governance in the community where they reside.”...The Thornton selectmen were advised not to support the ordinance by the town lawyer.
Press Release: Grafton, NH Adopts Community Bill of Rights That Bans Land Acquisition for Unsustainable Energy Systems
March 13th, 2013
(March 12, 2013) Tuesday night residents at Town Meeting in Grafton, New Hampshire adopted an ordinance that establishes a community Bill of Rights and prohibits corporations “to engage in land acquisition necessary for the siting or construction of unsustainable energy systems”. The vote was 255:252....When concerned Grafton residents heard about an industrial wind proposal by the Spanish company, Iberdrola, to site turbines along the Cardigan and the Orange Mountain ridgelines in Grafton County that is being called the Wild Meadows project, they called CELDF and asked for help. Alarmed by the rate at which the state was approving industrial wind projects in New Hampshire, town residents wasted no time in drafting the language for their Community Bill of Rights with help from CELDF and holding several informational meetings to educate local townspeople.
WABI-TV5: Citizens and Activists Learn About U.S. Government System
by WABI-TV5 News DeskWABI-TV5
March 8th, 2013
Dover-Foxcroft - Concerned citizens and activists had a chance to learn more about the United States government system. The Daniel Pennock Democracy School was held at the Congregational Church in Dover-Foxcroft earlier this week. This was the third time the course has been taught in the area by members of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. "Folks come here to learn about the legal structure. How it's set up and what they can to do to actually take local democracy back and actually make those decisions for themselves"
Read the Dirt: The View from Plymouth, NH
by Pete MartinRead the Dirt
February 6th, 2013
In the fall of 2010 communities in the north country of NH began hearing about a planned massive power line project titled Northern Pass, to transmit 1200 MW of electricity from hydroelectric dams in Quebec to southern New England. Our state was expected to host this grotesque monument to 19th century technology....[T]he people began to organize and fight...We have pursued two paths; legislative action and the effort to bring Rights-Based ordinances to our communities...[T]hree towns; Plymouth, Easton, and Sugar Hill passed Rights-Based Ordinances through town meetings.
Read the Dirt: Case Study: The Community Right to Sustainable Energy
by Campbell McLaren & Kris PastorizaRead the Dirt
January 5th, 2013
We first heard about the proposed Northern Pass Project on the day of a meeting between representatives of the project and the selectmen of the adjoining town of Franconia, NH. The project plans to acquire 40 miles of new right-of-way in northern New Hampshire and use 140 miles of existing right-of-way in central New erect a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission line to bring power from Hydro-Quebec to southern New England....[S]several of us in the opposition heard about the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), and their movement to restore local control. We had learned early on that though local residents had to follow local zoning laws, corporations undertaking large enough energy projects came under state control and were not subject to any of our local zoning laws, giving them essentially free rein, despite their talk of “mitigation”. CELDF does not try to win regulatory battles, rather they fight for the rights of localities, through the passage of rights-based ordinances.
Read the Dirt: Barnstead, NH: Establishing the Community Right to Water and Self-Governance
by Gail DarrellRead the Dirt
December 24th, 2012
If you were to drive through Barnstead, NH you would not suspect that there was anything special about the people who live here. It’s a typical small town in New Hampshire....When our neighboring town of Nottingham was faced with a water withdrawal that would permit USA Springs, Inc to remove over 300,000 gallons of water a day from the local aquifer, Barnstead saw that its own water was not safe either.
CELDF Press Release: Residents of Plymouth, New Hampshire Vote to Ban Land Acquisition for Northern Pass
March 17th, 2012
“The Ordinance passed!” exclaimed Peter Martin, resident of Plymouth, New Hampshire. The vote followed a several month long campaign to educate residents and elected officials who live in the college town, nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains. ”We are very relieved and extremely pleased, that Plymouth has joined the towns of Easton and Sugar Hill in adopting a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance.”
CELDF Press Release: Residents of Easton and Sugar Hill, New Hampshire Vote Unanimously to Ban Land Acquisition for Northern Pass
March 14th, 2012

 ( Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - Easton and Sugar Hill, NH) A local law to establish a Bill of Rights which recognizes and secures the civil and political rights of residents, known as the Town of Easton's Right to a Sustainable Energy Future and Community Self-Government Ordinance, was enacted tonight by all voters at their annual Town Meeting. The Town of Sugar Hill followed suit about an hour later, to enact the ordinance with unanimous voter support. The rights-based Ordinance bans land acquisition necessary for the construction or siting of unsustainable energy systems by corporations - activities that would violate the community Bill of Rights.
Union Leader: Northern Pass shows up on a dozen ballots
by Paula Tracy & Bob HookwayUnion Leader
March 12th, 2012
Voters in a dozen towns along the proposed route of the Northern Pass transmission line will consider measures this week designed to prevent such projects from being developed in their communities. Sugar Hill, Easton, Lancaster, Plymouth, Northfield and Holderness will vote at town meeting on petitioned ordinances that would remove the legal powers of energy corporations to buy land in those towns....As part of their efforts, some Northern Pass opponents are pinning their hopes on “rights-based'' ordinances. The rights-based ordinance challenges the position of the U.S. Supreme Court that corporations are individuals and under the 14th Amendment are guaranteed equal protection.....SNOPAC member Nancy Martland said the town's rights-based ordinance “gives us some control over what happens in our town regarding the siting of corporate energy facilities, which we don't currently have. This claim is based in the constitutional right to self-government.”
New Hampshire Public Radio: Northern Pass Foes Eye New Tactic: Attacking Corporate Power
by Chris JensenNew Hampshire Public Radio
March 9th, 2012
Northern Pass opponents have won what they see they see as a victory in their fight against the huge hydro-electric project. The legislature has now passed a bill that makes it hard if not impossible for Northern Pass to use eminent domain to take the land it needs for its transmission towers. But some opponents aren’t stopping there. “We really need to take care of our beautiful state and so we are just going to seek every way we can to do it and winning today on eminent domain does not mean that we are going to top.” That’s Dolly McPhaul of Sugar Hill, which continuing the fight. “As it is right now if a corporation gets a permit from the state they can do anything they want to our town.” Sugar Hill is among a handful of North Country towns considering what’s called a rights-based ordinance. Such an ordinance declares that people have the right to say “no” to big corporations.
Concord Monitor: New push in Northern Pass fight
by Annmarie Timmins Concord Monitor
March 4th, 2012
Last March, nearly 30 communities used their town meetings to register firm but nonbinding objections to Northern Pass. This year, a handful of towns will consider a stronger stance: adopting a "home rule" ordinance that says local communities can block a project like Northern Pass even if it has federal and state approval....Federal energy regulators are still taking comments on the proposed project, and many across the state have responded. It's those who fear their comments will carry no weight with regulators who are backing the proposed home rule ordinance. Mary Lee of Northfield, who collected enough signatures to get the ordinance on her town warrant, is one of them. "I am convinced that the local level is the only level where I have any power," she said. Her house sits along the 1.5-mile proposed route through Northfield. "If this is really the Live Free or Die State, we should have local control."
New Hampshire Public Radio: Northern Pass Foes Eye New Tactic: Attacking Corporate Power
by Chris JensenNew Hampshire Public Radio
February 9th, 2012
North Country, NH - Town meetings begin next month. One issue some towns are looking at is a radical new tactic ultimately designed to challenge the legal power of corporations. Opponents of the Northern Pass hydroelectric project are at the forefront of the move....Sugar Hill is among a handful of North Country towns considering what’s called a rights-based ordinance. Such an ordinance declares that people have the right to say “no” to big corporations.
The Citizen of Laconia: Lawyer advocates for municipal rights during presentation
by Tink TaylorThe Citizen of Laconia
January 27th, 2012
PLYMOUTH — With some area towns to consider petitioned warrant articles re-asserting the rights of municipalities at their upcoming town meetings, a Pennsylvania attorney on Thursday told a capacity gathering at Pease Library that they needn’t accept things as they are. “The only place democracy seems to exist today is around the kitchen table,” said Thomas Linzey of Mercersburg, Penn., who represents the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and was speaking to community activists gathered at the library. Linzey was invited to speak at the library at the invitation of local Northern Pass project opponents who are concerned their efforts may be overridden by corporate interests.
New Hampshire Union Leader: Northern Pass opponents learn from fight against USA Springs
by Paula TracyNew Hampshire Union Leader
November 17th, 2011
More than 70 North Country residents gathered Wednesday night to hear about the potential for town based ordinances that could thwart Northern Pass or other corporate-promoted projects within their communities. At town hall, residents heard Gail Darrell of Barnstead, who worked to stop USA Springs from withdrawing water from a regional aquifer for bottling in Nottingham several years ago. Meeting to develop a self-governing rights-based ordinance set for Nov. 16
November 14th, 2011
Some Lancaster residents have reserved the town hold an informational public meeting on developing a self-governing rights-based ordinance that could be on the March 13, 2012, town meeting warrant, designed to fight the $1.1 billion High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Northern Pass project designed to bring 1,200-megawatts of HydroQuebec electric power to New Hampshire.
Concord Monitor: How can we fight the Northern Pass?
by Gail DarrellConcord Monitor
February 5th, 2011
Certainly if enough people openly express opposition to this encroachment on nature, humans, the environment and all that is intrinsically New Hampshire, the project will go elsewhere - right? Well, if this were true, Seabrook would never have been built, USA Springs would never have received its building permit, and the Bethlehem landfill would have closed. What can we do? Government of right originates with the people. There needs to be more conversation about rights, before New Hampshire loses more than the Old Man - our common sense, peace and dignity too.
Gloucester moves to protect its water supply
by Terry WeberCape Ann Beacon
January 13th, 2011
The city is one step closer to ensuring that its water supply remains in local hands. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting in Gloucester, councilors voted 7 to 1 to file an order for a Home Rule Petition that may ultimately keep control over the water system in local hands.
Taking back our rights to fish
by Carmine GorgaGloucester Times
October 10th, 2010
I have personally investigated the case of federal fisheries regulations and shown that the record is clear: neither economists, nor environmentalists, nor government bureaucrats have any right to impose the regulations they have been imposing upon the fishermen during the last 20 or more years. Indeed, those rules and regulations have been depriving the fishermen of their rights to fish, their right of access to the common wealth of our natural resources and appropriate it on the basis of their labor.
Press Release: Local Law declares “corporate rights” cannot compete with the rights of living people.
June 17th, 2010
The practical implications of the law are significant. The Town Select Board and the people at Town Meeting can adopt laws that promote sustainable practices and development based on the aspirations of the community, rather than bowing to the claims of corporate lawyers that local laws may not “interfere” with corporate priorities. In addition, corporate representatives cannot claim to have “legal standing” that obliges the Town to allow them equal rights to testify and influence local decision-making. The new law recognizes the people as the source of governing authority and that corporations are “creatures of the state,” created with the people’s blessing, without unalienable rights. As such, their activities are subject to governance by the community in which they operate.
Monroe rejects corporate personhood
by Ethan AndrewsRepublican Journal
June 16th, 2010
In a move that supporters say would protect the town against corporate exploitation, Monroe residents at the annual town meeting June 14 approved a new ordinance that denies the rights of personhood to corporations. The "Town of Monroe Local Self-Government Ordinance," as the new law is called, goes against state and federal laws that affirm and protect the rights of corporations as though they were people. This conflict was cited in an opinion from the Maine Municipal Association solicited by town officials, which stated that the ordinance overstepped the bounds of local governance.
USA Springs files bankruptcy plan
by Bob SandersNew Hampshire Business Review
May 26th, 2010
Under the plan, filed Monday, the company will get a five-year, $55 million loan to pay the original contractors to complete the bottling plant, which neighbors and others in the area have been fighting tooth and nail.
Test wells pulled from Shapleigh
by Johnathan HuntThe Reporter
July 30th, 2009
Nestle Waters North America's Poland Spring subsidiary finished removing the last of more than a dozen test and monitoring wells near the border of Shapleigh and Newfield on Friday, a Poland Spring official confirmed.
Shapleigh voters approve rights-based ordinance: Move prohibits commercial water extraction in town
by Tammy WellsJournal Tribune
March 2nd, 2009
Residents Saturday approved a rights-based ordinance that prohibits water extraction by corporations.
Shapleigh closes tap for water companies
by Edward D. MurphyPortland Press Herald
March 1st, 2009
Residents ignore the Board of Selectmen's position and vote to stop Poland Spring – and others – from harvesting their water.
Opponents' win over bottling plant short-lived
by Adam D. KraussFosters Daily Democrat
April 2nd, 2008
"This is a civil rights (ordinance). This is rights-based law," she said. Part of the ordinance proclaims "the corporatization of water supplies in this community ... would constitute tyranny and usurpation; and that we are therefore duty bound ... to oppose such tyranny ... ."
Letter to the Editor: The 'Nottingham Tea Party' was successful
by Gail MillsFosters Daily Democrat
April 2nd, 2008
A sleeping giant awoke in Nottingham on March 15 as people took back their rights.
Nottingham Votes “Yes” On Water Article
by Steve FowlePortsmouth Gazzette
March 22nd, 2008
At Town Meeting last Saturday, Nottingham voted on a proposed Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance.
Article 24: cutting edge or secession. Voters will decide fate of controversial article
by Art McGrathLittleton Courier
March 5th, 2008
The ordinance itself asserts that federal and state laws "that usurp the right of the people to make local governing decisions on issues which directly affect their community, environment, quality of life, and the health, safety and welfare of future generations are illegitimate."
In Bethlehem, Democracy Rights Group Hopes To Overturn Landfill
by Amy Ash NixonCaledonian Record
December 26th, 2007
The idea of using the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the nation's and the state of New Hampshire's Constitution to fight the owner of the landfill ... is a new strategy, but the principles behind the arguments date back to pre-Revolutionary War.
Fight against USA Springs includes warrant vote
by Clynton NamuoNew Hampshire Union Leader
December 26th, 2007
NOTTINGHAM – Residents fighting to prevent a water-bottling plant from being built on Route 4 are taking a new tack by focusing on the issue of local control.
Tea Party Works On Warrant Article
by Maureen MannThe Forum
December 8th, 2007
The Nottingham Tea Party held a planning session to determine the steps necessary to educate the public about the proposed warrant article concerning local control of resources.
Stand Up to Corporate Power
by Doug PibelYes! Magazine
August 31st, 2007
In 1819, the Supreme Court declared for the first time that corporations are entitled to protection under the Constitution. They use those rights to site polluting feedlots, dump toxic sludge, build big-box stores, and take municipal water to sell, all whether citizens want them to or not.
On tap in B'stead: Water protection
by  Brendan BerubeThe Baysider
August 2nd, 2007
The water rights ordinance that placed Barnstead on the front lines last year in the fight to preserve the rights of towns to govern themselves may soon become an even stronger document.