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WKBN27 First News: Third time is a charm?
by Julie BercikWKBN27 First News
April 16th, 2014
Youngstown, OH, Community Bill of Rights supporters advocate for the charter amendment banning fracking in the upcoming May election.
Lehigh Valley Live: Upper Mount Bethel Township supervisors hear arguments for bill of rights to ban sludge
by Lynn Ondrusek Lehigh Valley Live
April 15th, 2014
Upper Mount Bethel Township residents present a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance to their Township Supervisors to protect against the land application of sewage sludge.
Vindy.com: Letter to the Editor - Poland, Niles should follow the lead of Youngstown with fracking issue
by Heidi KroeckVindy.com
April 13th, 2014
Youngstown, OH, resident urges support for a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the May ballot, and encourages neighboring communities to do same. [scroll to 2nd letter]
Vindy.com: Youngstown fracking ban on ballot for 3rd time
by David SkolnickVindy.com
April 12th, 2014
Youngstown residents bring a Community Bill of Rights citizen initiative charter amendment a third time to protect community rights and ban fracking as a violation of those rights.
The Las Vegas Optic: Incumbent put in spotlight
by Martin SalazarThe Las Vegas Optic
April 10th, 2014
Las Vegas, NM's anti-Community Rights Mayor Alfonso Ortiz plays politics by proposing and voting to adopt a non-binding resolution declaring a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, adopted in 2012 by City Council, is null and void.
The Bradford Era: Highland Township Supervisors receive support in injection well fight
by Chuck AbrahamThe Bradford Era
April 10th, 2014
Support grows from other municipalities as Highland Township Supervisors stand by their Community Rights Ordinance banning fracking wastewater injection wells. The Township faces opposition from Seneca Resources Corporation.
Unconventional Oil & Gas Center: DCP Midstream Exec Sounds Alarm On Colorado Ballot Threat
by Joseph MarkmanUnconventional Oil & Gas Center
April 8th, 2014
Community Rights organizing in Colorado gets the attention of the oil and gas industry. Corporate interests say Community Rights "would wreak havoc on plans" to rapidly develop fracking and its infrastructure in the state.
The Colorado Observer: Anti-Fracking Measure Moves Closer to Petition
by Valerie RichardsonThe Colorado Observer
April 7th, 2014
The Colorado Community Rights state constitutional amendment moves a step closer to the November 4th ballot as the state title board rejects attempts by the extractive industry to have it thrown out.
Las Vegas Optic: Two Letters to the Editor re Mora County, NM
by Nancy Quintana and Gilbert QuintanaLas Vegas Optic
April 3rd, 2014
Residents of Mora County, NM, declare right to water and life are elevated above right to property.
NGI's Shale Daily: Youngstown’s Third Anti-Fracking Referendum a ‘Jobs Killer,’ City Officials Warn
by Jamison CocklinNGI's Shale Daily
April 3rd, 2014
Youngstown, OH, supporters of the Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking focus on educating the public for the May election, as industry proponents falsely claim the CBOR will lay waste to union jobs.
Global Exchange's People to People Blog: Mendocino County: Charting a new course for water protection?
by Shannon BiggsGlobal Exchange
April 1st, 2014
Mendocino County, CA, residents work with CELDF's partner Global Exchange in Community Rights organizing to protect their water. Communities are working on Community Bills of Rights, including a County level Ordinance.
E&E Publishing: Behind multiple local campaigns to ban fracking, one Pa. legal clinic
by Jennifer YachninE&E Publishing
March 31st, 2014
From grassroots organizing to help residents assert Community Rights to clean air, water, and the right to local self-governance in municipalities across the country, to a state constitutional amendment protecting the right to local self-governance in Colorado, CELDF's Ben Price shares CELDF's strategy to help communities facing environmental and economic harms.
The Southern Illinoisan: Both sides of fracking debate plan next move
by Bekcy MalkovichThe Southern Illinoisan
March 30th, 2014
Residents in Johnson County, IL, are moving forward with next steps to protect their community from fracking through a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance.
Grassroots Change: From Fracking to Factory Farms: Preserving Local Control to Protect Health
Grassroots Change
March 30th, 2014
Grassroots Change interviews CELDF's Director of National Organizing Ben Price on CELDF's work and why working locally, at the grassroots, is CELDF's focus to assist communities facing environmental and economic harms.
Fosters.com: Letters to the Editor: Reflections on Barrington proposal
by Jim ConleyFosters.com
March 27th, 2014
Barrington, NH, resident clarifies what their proposed Community Bill of Rights banning water extraction and gravel mining means for the community.
The Southern Illinoisan: Johnson County Board receives draft 'bill of rights'
by Nick MarianoThe Southern Illinoisan
March 25th, 2014
Johnson County, IL, residents present a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance to County Commissioners to protect the community from fracking.
The Bradford Era: Highland Township retains law firm in injection well fight
by Colin DeppenThe Bradford Era
March 22nd, 2014
CELDF is retained by Highland Township, PA, to defend the Township's Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning fracking wastewater injection wells against Seneca Resources Corporation. Seneca wants to site an injection well and has threatened legal action to negate the community's rights.
Fire Dog Lake: Illinois Fracking Ban Fails After Local Newspapers Refuse To Accept Ads Supporting It
by DS WrightFire Dog Lake
March 19th, 2014
A local media blackout against Community Rights in Johnson County, IL, affects ballot outcome.
The Southern: Johnson County fracking ban defeated
by Nick MarianoThe Southern
March 19th, 2014
With over $20,000 available to pro-fracking interests to defeat a non-binding referendum in support of a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, Johnson County residents voted it down. Community Rights supporters promise to move forward.
Southeast Missouri State University KRCU: Frack Ban Fails In Johnson County, Ill.
by Jacob McCleland Southeast Missouri State University KRCU
March 18th, 2014
Community Rights opponents in Johnson County, IL, claim a hollow victory when a media blackout kept out Community Rights advocates and the state Chamber of Commerce funded $23,000 of propaganda against them.
Aljazeera America: Illinois county to vote on fracking ban
by Renee LewisAljazeera America
March 17th, 2014
Residents in Johnson County, IL, vote tomorrow on a non-binding referendum to adopt a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking as a violation of their rights to health and safety.
EcoWatch: Fracking Industry Tries to Buy Democracy in Rural Illinois
by Will ReynoldsEcoWatch
March 16th, 2014
Johnson County, IL, community efforts urging their County Commissioners to adopt a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking provokes strong opposition from out-of-state interests, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and a local media blackout, attempting to muffle the voices of Community Rights supporters.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Rock-breaking oil technology splits an Illinois town on Election Day
by Kevin McDermottSt. Louis Post Dispatch
March 15th, 2014
Johnson County, IL, residents supporting a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning fracking face opposition from those with financial industry interests, and even a local media blackout.
The State Journal-Register: Primary referendum on fracking puts southern Illinois county in national spotlight
by Tim LandisThe State Journal-Register
March 15th, 2014
Johnson County, IL, residents vote on an advisory question Tuesday for a Community Bill of Rights. A "yes" vote is a call to their County Commissioners to adopt a Community Rights Ordinance banning fracking.
State Impact: Elk County township prepares for battle against deep injection well
by Katie ColaneriState Impact
March 14th, 2014
As the EPA approves a wastewater injection well permit in Highland Township, PA, for Seneca Resources, the Township Supervisors, with standing-room-only support from the community, retains CELDF to defend their Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning injection wells.
The Kane Republican: Highland OKs Legal Fights Against Injection Well
by Ted LutzThe Kane Republican
March 13th, 2014
Highland Township Supervisors in Pennsylvania receive overwhelming support from residents to enforce their Community Rights Ordinance banning fracking wastewater injection wells, as Seneca Resources presses forward with a planned well.
Las Vegas Optic: Drilling law hits hurdle
by Martin SalazarLas Vegas Optic
March 13th, 2014
San Miguel County, NM, residents bring forward a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning fracking to County Commissioners.
Santa Fe New Mexican: Land grant group joins Mora fight against oil drilling
by Staci MatlockSanta Fe New Mexican
March 13th, 2014
Mora County, NM, is defending its Community Bill of Rights banning fracking against corporate law suits. The Mora Co Land Grant Association and a private individual filed as intervenors in support of the Mora County Commission, taking a stand for communites' rights.
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.
Lehigh Valley Live: Upper Mount Bethel Township takes back plan to subsidize fertilizer
by Lynn OndrusekLehigh Valley Live
March 11th, 2014
Upper Mount Bethel Township residents urge Township Supervisors to adopt a Community Bill of Rights banning the spreading of sewage sludge at Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting.
E&E Publishing: Advocacy: Ohio community group hopes third time's the charm for anti-fracking measure
by Pamela KingE&E Publishing
March 10th, 2014
About 100 people gathered at a town hall meeting as Frackfree Mahoning Valley and residents of Youngstown begin campaigning in support of a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking. The community initiative will be on the May 6th ballot.
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.
Decorah Newspapers: Might be a real chance to control our own destiny
by Rick FrommDecorah Newspapers
March 6th, 2014
With frac-sand mining making its way into Iowa, editor Rick Fromm urges Winneshiek County Supervisors to adopt a Community Bill of Rights to protect the community from the harmful practice.
Press Release: Mora Land Grant and Mora citizen intervene in lawsuit to protect Mora’s Community Rights Ordinance
March 6th, 2014
Trustees for the Mora Land Grant and a resident of Mora County file a motion to intervene in a suit by Swepi, LP, a subsidiary of Shell Oil that is suing Mora County to overturn its Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning fracking.
The Bradford Era: Handful of appeals against Highland Township injection well project
by Chuck AbrahamThe Bradford Era
March 6th, 2014
Highland Township, PA, prepares to enforce its CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning injection wells against Seneca Resources Corporation.
The Athens News: Athens anti-frack group takes show on the road
by David DeWittThe Athens News
March 5th, 2014
The Athens Bill of Rights Committee - a community group from the City of Athens that has placed a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance on the ballot for November that bans fracking - urges Marietta City Council to let the people decide whether or not fracking should occur within the city.
Fosters.com: Town to vote on Bill of Rights to protect land, water resources But officials say it is not legally enforceable
by John NolanFosters.com
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.
Parkersburg News & Sentinel: Marietta to back fracking lease ad
by Sam ShawverParkersburg News & Sentinel
March 5th, 2014
Despite the recent scandal with the Ohio Deparment of Natural Resources promoting fracking, Marietta City Council abdicates their responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of residents, stating it is outside of their authority to ban fracking.
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.
The Athens Messenger: Bill of Rights Committee urges Marietta to ban fracking
by Sara BrumfieldAthens Messenger
March 3rd, 2014
As the Marietta, OH, City Council considers leasing city property for fracking, the Athens Bill of Rights Committee urges the Council to place the decision in the hands of the residents of Marietta through a ballot measure.
The Plain Dealer: Ohio regulators promoting fracking not surprising as seen from Broadview Heights: Tish O'Dell
by Tish O'DellThe Plain Dealer
March 2nd, 2014
Ohio resident and CELDF Community Rights Organizer Tish O'Dell speaks out about the unsurprising revelation of the OH Department of Natural Resources' efforts to promote fracking, & speaks to local Community Bills of Rights as countermeasures.
The Bradford Era: Highland Township citizens group joins fray over injection well
by Chuck AbrahamThe Bradford Era
February 28th, 2014
Highland Township, PA, stands behind its Community Bill of Rights banning injection wells with the support of Township Supervisors, residents, and CELDF, as Seneca Resources vows to fight the rights-based ordinance.
The Western Front: Frontline - Support a Community Bill of Rights
by Bennett HansonThe Western Front
February 28th, 2014
Western University students in Bellingham, WA, call on their peers to launch a Community Bill of Rights initiative in Bellingham.
Las Vegas Optic: Group pushing for rights ordinance
by Kathleen DudleyThe Las Vegas Optic
February 27th, 2014
San Miguel County, NM, County Commissioners being urged by a local Community Rights group to adopt a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning fracking.
WKMS 91.3 FM Murray State University: Anti-Fracking Advocates Claim Media Ban in Johnson County
by John NullWKMS 91.3 FM
February 27th, 2014
Johnson Co, IL, residents supporting a Community Bill of Rights to ban fracking find local media refusing to print their rights-based position.
EcoWatch: FrackGate Comes to Illinois? Media Blackout on Fracking Vote
by Jeff BiggersEcoWatch
February 26th, 2014
As a local media blackout tries to silence Community Bill of Rights supporters in Johnson County, IL, residents dig deeper into grassroots organizing to protect their County from fracking.
The Huffington Post: Colorado Communities Could Ban Fracking Under New Proposed Amendment
by Andrea RaelThe Huffington Post
February 26th, 2014
A CELDF-drafted Colorado constitutional amendment is proposed that, if adopted, will secure residents' right to make the decisions about industrial activities - e.g. fracking - that directly impact them.
The Decorah Newspapers: Group presents frac-sand ordinance
by Lissa BlakeThe Decorah Newspapers
February 20th, 2014
The first CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning frac sand mining is proposed to the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors in Iowa by the Community Rights Alliance of Winneshiek County.
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.
The Athens News: Fracking ban proposal will go on November ballot
by David DeWittThe Athens News
February 19th, 2014
Athens Board of Elections votes unanimously to certify city residents' Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking and related activities for the November ballot.
Southeast Missouri State University KRCU: Fracking Debate Ignites In Johnson County [IL]
by Jacob McClelandSoutheast Missouri State University KRCU
February 19th, 2014
A Johnson County, IL, County Commissioner comes out against residents' Community Bill of Rights banning fracking.
The Athens Messenger: Proposed fracking ban certified for November election
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens Messenger
February 18th, 2014
Athens citizens must wait until November to vote on a Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking. The Athens Board of Elections certified the signatures submitted by proponents, but declined to allow the initiative on the May ballot.
The Southern Illinoisan: Fracking opponents want 'community bill of rights'
by Nick MarianoThe Southern Illinoisan
February 18th, 2014
Proponents of a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking in Johnson County, IL, gather at a forum to advance Community Rights and urge their County Commissioners to adopt the ordinance.
Midwest Energy News: Rural county to take Illinois fracking debate to the ballot box
by Kari Lydersen Midwest Energy News
February 16th, 2014
As growing numbers of municipalities across the country, including Colorado, adopt Community Bills of Rights ordinances banning fracking, Johnson County, IL, residents want a similar ordinance in their community to protect their health, safety, and welfare.
Akron Beacon Journal: Youngstown activists again collect signatures for May ballot
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal
February 16th, 2014
Youngstown pro-Community Rights residents submit thousands of signatures to place a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning fracking on the ballot in May.
The Bradford Era: Charges filed in Highland Township injection well fight
by Colin DeppenThe Bradford Era
February 14th, 2014
Highland Township Supervisors have overwhelming community support to enforce the Community Rights Ordinance banning wastewater injection wells against Seneca Resources. As well, an investigation is underway that Seneca's permit was fraudulently obtained.
The Bradford Era: Firm set to offer legal support in Highland Township injection well fight
by Colin DeppenThe Bradford Era
February 14th, 2014
CELDF affirms it will defend Highland Township, PA's Community Bill of Rights Ordinance that bans fracking wastewater injection wells against Seneca Resources, which has been issued a permit by the EPA to site an injection well within the township.
The Athens Messenger: Wrong election date not expected to kill fracking initiative
by Steve RobbThe Athens Messenger
February 13th, 2014
Athens Bill of Rights Committe is expected to have a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and related activities on the November ballot.
Kane Republican: Highland Twp. to challenge 'injection well' permit
by Ted LutzKane Republican
February 13th, 2014
Highland Township, PA, vows to enforce their Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning injection wells as Seneca Resources receives a permit from the federal EPA to site an injection well within the township in violation of the ordinance.
The Athens Messenger: Committee fights to keep fracking ban on primary ballot
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens Messenger
February 10th, 2014
The Athens, OH, pro-Commmunity Rights group asserts that their citizen's initiative establishing Community Rights and banning fracking should be on the May ballot.
Corvallis Gazette-Times: Food fight turns on local rights
by Bennett Hall Corvallis Gazette-Times
February 9th, 2014
A fight to protect the Willamette Valley, OR, from GM seed reveals itself to be a fight to protect Community Rights to create local, sustainable food systems, and the right to local self-governance.
The Athens News: Group argues to keep frack ban on May primary ballot
by David DeWittThe Athens News
February 9th, 2014
Community Rights supporters in Athens, OH, contend their proposed initiative for a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking should be placed on the May ballot.
LandWatch Lane County: Interview with Ann Kneeland
by Ann KneelandLandWatch Lane County
January 29th, 2014
Recognizing that what is sustainable is also illegal under our current structure of law, attorney Ann Kneeland speaks to Community Rights organizing to change that legal structure. [See page 4]
LandWatch Lane County: Community Empowerment Challenges Corporate Personhood
by Richard GrossLandWatch Lane County
January 29th, 2014
Lane County residents determined to protect and maintain their local, sustainable, farm and food system, are using Community Rights to confront corporate "rights" and state preemption. [See page 2]
Open Democracy: Welcome to 'frackland': does a river have the right not to be polluted?
by Shannon BiggsOpen Democracy
January 27th, 2014
Global Exchange's Shannon Biggs writes about the human and ecosystem costs of fracking, and what communities across the country and around the world are doing about it through Community Rights organizing and recognizing the rights of nature.
The Denver Post: Cities could block business, drilling, under Colorado ballot measure
by Mark JaffeThe Denver Post
January 22nd, 2014
A Colorado Community Rights constitutional amendment asserting residents have the right to protect themselves from harmful corporate practices through local self-government, raises state and gas and oil industry concerns that it won't be drilling as usual.
Santa Fe New Mexican: Mora County faces new lawsuit over drilling ban
by Staci MatlockSanta Fe New Mexican
January 20th, 2014
Mora County, NM, residents asserting their Community Rights to protect their water from fracking, face off against a Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary declaring Mora residents have no right to make the decisions about what happens in their community.
The Athens News: Local anti-Citizens United group hopes to place candidate in Dem congressional primary
by David DeWittThe Athens News
January 20th, 2014
Athens County, OH, resident Dick McGinn presented on the The Ohio Community Rights Network, which is coordinating with Counties across the state to support Community Rights to local self-governance and the rights of nature.
E&E Publishing: New Mexico County Sued Again Over its Fracking Ban
by Mike LeeE&E Publishing
January 17th, 2014
Mora County, NM, which adopted a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning fracking in April 2013, is now being sued by an international oil company for daring to violate corporate claimed "rights," as the County Commissioners assert Community Rights to protect their county's air and water.
Midwest Energy News: Rural county to take Illinois fracking debate to the ballot box
by Kari Lydersen Midwest Energy News
January 17th, 2014
Johnson County, IL, residents take a strong stand against fracking as they continue organizing in support of a March referendum urging their County Commissioners to adopt a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, and effectively quash efforts to divert attention into a study committee.
National Catholic Reporter: Nature’s rights gain some legal standing
by Elise GarcíaNational Catholic Reporter
January 16th, 2014
As the 3rd day of the Global Rights of Nature summit begins, CELDF's Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil speak to the crisis we are in, and the need for fundamental, systemic change - as is happening in communities where Rights of Nature are codified in law.
National Catholic Reporter: Indigenous peoples work to save land from extinction
by Elise GarcíaNational Catholic Reporter
January 15th, 2014
The urgency of and need for Rights of Nature is a shared reality among the attendees, and those they represent, at the summit of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, held this week in Ecuador.
National Catholic Reporter: Road to 'rights of nature' summit passes Earth's midpoint
by Elise GarcíaNational Catholic Reporter
January 15th, 2014
Fifty global leaders in the Rights of Nature movement, including CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey, gather in Ecuador to move forward nature's rights.
National Catholic Reporter: Rights of Nature alliance holds Ecuador summit
by Colleen Dunne National Catholic Reporter
January 13th, 2014
A Rights of Nature international summit is being held in Ecuador, reviewing Rights of Nature laws already implemented in Ecuador, the U.S., and Bolivia, and next steps in advancing those rights globally.
Lehigh Valley Live: LETTER: Township bill of rights is a local grass-roots effort
by John GormanLehigh Valley Live
January 13th, 2014
More Upper Mount Bethel Township, PA, residents press their township supervisors to adopt a Community Bill of Rights banning the spreading of sewage sludge and protecting the community's health, safety, and welfare.
Lehigh Valley Live: LETTER: Upper Mount Bethel Township needs community bill of rights
by Randy I. StettlerLehigh Valley Live
January 11th, 2014
Upper Mount Bethel Township, PA, resident urges township supervisors to follow the will of the people: Adopt a Community Bill of Rights ordinance to stop the land application of sewage sludge and protect the community.
Lehigh Valley Live: LETTER: Accurate information essential in farm-sludge debate
by Caroline SnyderLehigh Valley Live
January 9th, 2014
Upper Mount Bethel Township resident urges consideration of facts and a Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning the spreading of sewage sludge to protect the community from the harmful practice.
The Southern Illinoisan: Fracking foes upset with county
by Nick MarianoThe Southern Illinoisan
January 8th, 2014
More than 1,000 residents of Johnson County, IL, signed a petition to place a referendum regarding a Community Bill of Rights ordinance to ban fracking on the ballot in March. Residents now face County Commissioners who may not follow the will of the people.
Daily Camera: Lafayette lawyers up in preparation for fight with COGA
by Doug PikeDaily Camera
January 7th, 2014
Lafayette, CO, city council retains legal counsel as the Colorado Oil and Gas Association challenges their Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking, adopted by 60% of the voters in November.
WFMZ-TV 69 News: Community bill of rights pitched to Upper Mount Bethel supervisors
by Tom De MartiniWFMZ-TV 69 News
January 7th, 2014
Threatened with the spreading of sewage sludge, Upper Mount Bethel Township, PA, residents and supervisors consider a Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning fracking.
WPSD Local 6: County commissioner says community should prepare for fracking
by Kathryn DiGisiWPSD Local 6
January 7th, 2014
No longer taking a stand to follow the will of the people in adopting a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, a Johnson Co, IL, County Commissioner states the County should prepare for fracking to commence.
The Athens Messenger: Group makes second attempt to put fracking ban on ballot
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens Messenger
January 6th, 2014
The Athens Bill of Rights Committee submitted well over the required signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking on the ballot in November.
KRDO.com: Anti-fracking group hopes to amend state constitution
by Dana MolinaKRDO.com
January 6th, 2014
The Colorado Community Rights Network proposes a state constitutional amendment to codify local communities' right to decide whether or not to allow fracking and other industrial activities within their community.
Lehigh Valley Live: Residents, Upper Mount Bethel Township supervisors hear argument for bill of rights that could block sludge spreading
by Lynn Ondrusek Lehigh Valley Live
January 6th, 2014
CELDF speaks to Upper Mount Bethel Township residents and supervisors regarding a Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning the spreading of sewage sludge.
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.
The Athens News: Local anti-fracking group comes back with 2nd attempt at ballot measure
by David DeWittThe Athens News
January 5th, 2014
Athens, OH, residents - blocked by their own Board of Elections from placing a Community Bill of Rights initiative on the ballot for a vote by the people last November - have submitted a similar ordinance for the May ballot.
Lehigh Valley Live: Upper Mount Bethel Township supervisors to hear argument for community bill of rights
by Lynn Ondrusek Lehigh Valley Live
January 5th, 2014
Upper Mount Bethel Township, PA, residents urge their township supervisors to adopt a Community Bill of Rights banning the spreading of sewage sludge.
Tribune Chronicle: Letter-to-the-Editor: Let communities decide on safety
by Marianne MacQueenTribune Chronicle
January 5th, 2014
Former Niles, OH, resident writes in support of Niles' Community Rights initiative to ban fracking.
Aljazeera America: Amendment would let local Colorado governments regulate big industry
by Dexter MullinsAljazeera America
January 2nd, 2014
The Colorado Community Rights Network is moving forward a state constitutional amendment to secure communities' right to make the decisions about whether or not to allow industrial activities - including fracking - that directly impact them.
Daily Camera: Proposed statewide ballot measure would give Colo. communities power to ban fracking
by John AguilarDaily Camera
January 2nd, 2014
A state-wide ballot measure securing Community Rights to local self-government in Colorado is moving forward, supported by the Colorado Community Rights Network.
Vindy.com: Fracking opponents commemorate quake, renew push
by Tom McParlandVindy.com
January 1st, 2014
Supporters of Community Bills of Rights banning fracking in Youngstown and Niles, OH, gather signatures to place those initiatives on the ballot in May and November.
WKBN 27 First News: Frack protestors mark quake anniversary
WKBN 27 First News
December 31st, 2013
Mahoning Valley residents mark the anniversary of fracking related earthquake in Youngstown, OH, as they continue to collect signatures to place Community Bill of Rights fracking bans on the ballot this spring.
Vindy.com: FrackFree Mahoning Valley remembers 2011 earthquake today
Vindy.com
December 31st, 2013
Marking the 2nd anniversary of an earthquake linked to a fracking wastewater injection well in Youngstown, OH, residents of Youngstown and neighboring Niles commemorate the event with gatherings as both communities move forward to place a Community Bill of Rights initative on the spring ballot.
Seattle Post Intelligencer: Northeast Ohio fracking ban backers to try again
Seattle Post Intelligencer
December 28th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, residents determined to protect their community from fracking are again gathering signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking on the ballot this spring.
The Business Journal: Activists Seek Third Vote to Ban Fracking in City
The Business Journal
December 28th, 2013
Youngstown proponents of a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking gather signatures to qualify an initiative for the May 2014 ballot.
KRCU 90.9 FM: Can One Southern Illinois County Ban Fracking?
by Jacob McClelandKCRU 90.9 FM
December 18th, 2013
Johnson County, IL, residents submit over 1,000 signatures to put a Community Rights non-binding resolution on the ballot for 2014. The initiative is intended to guide County Commissioners in moving forward with a Community Rights Ordinance banning fracking.
The Athens News: LTE - Paid propagandists submit their arguments as letters to paper
by Diana KaneThe Athens News
December 18th, 2013
Athens, OH, resident traces pro-fracking letters-to-the-editor in The Athens News to gas & oil industry propaganda group in Ohio and Texas.
Tribune Chronicle: Fracking fight goes on in Niles
by Ashley NewmanTribune Chronicle
December 18th, 2013
Niles residents collect signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the ballot for the spring.
Boulder Weekly: Are pro-fracking online comments coming from paid shills?
by David AccomazzoBoulder Weekly
December 16th, 2013
A Colorado newspaper, Boulder Weekly, finds online comments traced to IP addresses from the gas & oil industry, rather than local folks exchanging ideas about fracking that directly impacts their own community.

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