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Ordinances

Rights-Based Local Laws Drafted By CELDF

The Local Laws and Draft Ordinances linked to on this page are samples intended for discussion and organizing community campaigns; they are not intended as legal advice, nor should they be used in your community without consulting with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. The good news: our consultations are free of charge.

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Pittsburgh's Community Protection from Natural Gas Drilling Ordinance

Mountain Lake Park, Maryland Community Rights Fracking Ban

West Homestead, Pennsylvania Community Rights Gas Extraction Prohibition

Town of Wales, New York Community Protection of Natural Resources

Baldwin, Pennsylvania Community Protection from Natural Gas Extraction Ordinance

Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania Community Protection from Natural Gas Drilling Ordinance

Forest Hills Borough's Community Rights and Protection from Natural Gas Exploitation Ordinance

State College Borough's Community Bill of Rights Home Rule Charter Amendment

Sugar Hill, New Hampshire's Right to a Sustainable Future and Local Self-Governance Ordinance

Plymouth, New Hampshire's Right to a Sustainable Future and Local Self-Governance Ordinance

Easton, New Hampshire's Right to a Sustainable Future and Local Self-Governance Ordinance

Las Vegas, New Mexico's Community Water Rights and Local Self-Governance Ordinance

Yellow Springs, Ohio's Community Rights and Protection from Shale Gas Drilling and Fracking Ordinance

Broadview Heights, Ohio's Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment -  Protection from Shale Gas Drilling and Fracking

Mansfield, Ohio's Charter Amendment for a Community Bill of Rights and Protection from Shale Gas Drilling and Fracking

Ferguson Twp, Pennsylvania's Petition to Amend Home Rule Charter with Community Bill of Rights Protection from Shale Gas Drilling and Fracking

Highland Twp, Pennsylvania's Community Rights and Protection from Injection Wells Ordinance

Grafton, New Hampshire's Right to a Sustainable Future and Community Self-Government Ordinance

Mora County, New Mexico's Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance

Niles, Ohio Community Bill of Rights Ordinance for Residents and Natural Communities Banning Fracking

Oberlin, Ohio Community Bill of Rights and Obligations Ordinance

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Non-Rights-Based Ordinances

The communities being sued for their attempts to regulate or prohibit gas drilling and fracking are the ones that adopted non-rights-based ordinances. They base their ordinances on state regulatory law and receive the blessings of municipal solicitors that the ordinances are legal. And when the corporations sue, the laws are stacked on behalf of the corporations: violations of their constitutional and civil rights. The corporations win. The communities lose.

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