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The Vindicator: Community Bill of Rights falls in line with Ohio Constitution
by Diana ShaheenThe Vindicator
August 17th, 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
by Sara DornCleveland.com
August 14th, 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.
Daily Camera Opinion - Letters to the Editor: James Duncan: Home Rule -- On the 'rights' side of history
by James DuncanDaily Camera
August 12th, 2014
Boulder County, CO, resident urges support for advancing communities' rights over corporate claimed "rights" through Home Rule local self-governance.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Gas well company sues over Grant Township's banning of oil, gas waste
by Rich LordPittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 12th, 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."
Daily Journal News: Mendocino County supervisors approve fracking for ballot, but may face legal challenges
by Adam RandallDaily Journal News
August 6th, 2014
Mendocino County, CA, residents successfully place a Community Bill of Rights initiative on the ballot for November that would ban fracking as a violation of the community's rights.
The Business Journal: Fracking Opponents Think 4th Time’s the Charm
by Dan O'BrienThe Business Journal
August 6th, 2014
Youngstown, OH, residents advance a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking for the November ballot. Alarm is growing around the increasing numbers of fracking related accidents, and residents insist they have a right to decide what happens, where they live.
Longmont Daily Times Call: Boulder County home-rule charter proponents haven't yet turned in petitions
by John FryarLongmont Daily Times-Call
August 4th, 2014
The Boulder County Community Rights Network in Colorado has gathered more than 10,000 signatures to place a home rule charter question on the ballot for May 2015. Residents of Boulder County are considering a home rule form of government to advance Community Rights and protect themselves from activities such as fracking.
Cleveland.com: The fracking debate: How communities are trying to control drilling
by Sara DornCleveland.com
July 28th, 2014
Gates Mills, OH, residents petition to place a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the November ballot as their mayor looks to pooling to force fracking into the community.
Longmont Daily Times-Call: Boulder County home-rule charter proponents hope to gain spot on fall ballot
by John FryarLongmont Daily Times-Call
July 25th, 2014
The Boulder County Community Rights Network in Colorado gathers signatures to create a Home Rule Charter Commission. The Network intends to enact a Home Rule Charter built on a Community Bill of Rights that would codify Boulder County's right to ban fracking and other harmful activities.
Akron Beacon Journal: Two drilling companies file suit against Broadview Heights over city’s voter-approved drilling ban
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal
July 25th, 2014
Broadview Heights, OH, residents stand behind their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking - adopted by 67% of the voters in November 2012 - as the gas and oil industry files suit in an attempt to claim a corporate "right" to frack in the City.
SpectraBusters:Community Bill of Rights against pipelines
SpectraBusters
July 20th, 2014
Growing numbers of communities face unwanted shale gas infrastructure projects, such as pipelines. These authors urge residents to use Community Bills of Rights to stop them.
Cleveland.com: Two drilling companies sue Broadview Heights over ban on oil and gas wells
by Bob SandrickCleveland.com
July 17th, 2014
Broadview Heights, OH, residents, take steps to enforce their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking as energy corporations sue, claiming a corporate right to frack.
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.
Boulder Weekly: Petition for home rule circulates Boulder County
by Matt CortinBoulder Weekly
July 10th, 2014
Boulder County, CO, residents gather signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot. The measure is the first step in creating a Community Rights Home Rule Charter for the County that would elevate communities' rights over corporate claimed "rights."
Lebanon Daily News: South Londonderry residents seek 'Community Bill of Rights'
by Marylouise ShollyLebanon Daily News
July 9th, 2014
South Londonderry, PA, residents urge Township Supervisors to adopt a Community Bill of Rights asserting their authority to protect clean air and water as they confront a shale gas pipeline
Lancaster Online: A gas pipeline through the county can be fought, crowd is told
by Larry AlexanderLancaster Online
July 9th, 2014
Communities in Lancaster County, PA, concerned about a proposed gas pipeline, learn about Community Bills of Rights that can be used to protect themselves.
Willits News: Mendocino County Anti-Fracking Group Turns in Petition for Nov. Ballot
by Adrian BaumannWillits News
July 2nd, 2014
CELDF's rights-based strategy to protect communities from harmful activities such as fracking is being leveraged by Mendocino, CA, residents in a Community Bill of Rights initiative advancing to the November ballot.
Daily Journal News: 6,300 sign petition of support for Mendocino County fracking ordinance
by Karen RifkinDaily Journal News
July 2nd, 2014
As fracking moves into California, Mendocino County residents take action to ban fracking as a violation of their community's rights, through a Community Bill of Rights initiative headed for the November ballot.
New York Times: Beyond ‘Foodie’: It’s About Our Values
by Mari MargilNew York Times
July 1st, 2014
In a New York Times letter-to-the-editor, CELDF's Associate Director Mari Margil describes how communities in Oregon are using community rights to stop harmful agribusiness practices and achieve sustainable food systems.
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.
Times-Call: Boulder County charter proponents launch petition drive
by John FryarTimes-Call
The Boulder County Community Rights Network in Colorado is gathering signatures in the first steps towards creating a Community Rights Home Rule Charter for the County. Supporters want to protect the County from fracking using Community Rights to local self-governance.
The Patriot-News: Pipeline opponents hope to challenge Atlantic Sunrise Project with new type of law
by Monica Von DobeneckThe Patriot-News
June 26th, 2014
Lebanon Co, PA, residents facing a shale gas pipeline explore CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights Ordinances to stop the pipeline and protect their communities.
The Kane Republican: Highland Twp. picnic for clean water held Saturday
by Amy GreerThe Kane Republican
June 23rd, 2014
Highland Township, PA, residents, adopting a Community Rights Ordinance banning fracking injection wells in 2013, receive broad community support on Saturday at an event attended by Pennsylvania and Ohio communities.
The Bradford Era: Picnic held in Highland Township to discuss injection well
by Chuck AbrahamThe Bradford Era
June 22nd, 2014
Highland Township, PA, receives support from surrounding communities at the Residents Fight for Clean Water Picnic held Saturday. Highland residents face a fracking wastewater injection well, and are preparing to enforce their Community Bill of Rights banning the wells.
Record-Courier: Environmental Bill of Rights Sought in Kent
by Mim JacksonRecord-Courier
June 19th, 2014
Kent, OH, resident writes LTE about Kent's proposed Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment banning fracking. Residents are gathering signatures to place the Amendment on the November ballot.
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.
Daily Kos: New Civil Rights Movement
by occupystephanieDaily Kos
June 15th, 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.
The Bradford Era: Community rights gathering slated in Highland Township
by Amanda NicholsThe Bradford Era
June 15th, 2014
Communities and government representatives from across Elk County, PA, are invited to Highland Township's community rights picnic gathering on Saturday, 6/21. The gathering will include speakers and community rights workshops.
The Bradford Era: Feds knock down Highland Township injection well appeals
by Colin DeppenThe Bradford Era
June 13th, 2014
Highland Township, PA, and CELDF are prepared to defend the Township's Community Rights Ordinance banning wastewater injection wells as Seneca Resources moves a step closer to attempting to site a well.
The Athens Messenger: Group asks county to look at Home Rule charter option
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens Messenger
June 11th, 2014
An Athens group partnering with CELDF recognizes 49% of Ohioans are denied local self-governing authority, and are unable to protect themselves from fracking. They urge Athens County Commissioners to explore a county Home Rule charter to codify rights to local self-governance and ban fracking.
The Athens News: Athens fracking-banners want to spread the word
by David DeWittThe Athens News
June 11th, 2014
In Athens, OH, a group of residents organizing to ban fracking through a Community Bill of Rights, is also exploring with County Commissioners and residents the possibility of going Home Rule to protect all communities within the county from fracking and injection wells.
People to People Blog: Why Mora County New Mexico is Fighting Frackers for Your Rights, too
by Kiara CollinsGlobal Exchange
June 10th, 2014
Global Exchange's Kiara Collins explores Mora County, NM's, fight for all communities' rights.
EcoWatch: Residents in Colorado Town File Class-Action Lawsuit Against State and Governor to Uphold Fracking Ban
by Brandon BakerEcoWatch
June 10th, 2014
Lafayette, CO, residents move to enforce their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking as they file a class action lawsuit against the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, the state of Colorado, and its governor.
Daily Camera: Lafayette residents sue state, Gov. Hickenlooper seeking enforcement of city's fracking ban
by Mitchell ByarsDaily Camera
June 10th, 2014
Lafayette, CO, residents assert the rights of their community to local self-governance - including the right to ban fracking - through a class action lawsuit against the state of Colorado, the Governor, and Colorado Oil and Gas Association.
RT: Colorado residents sue state, governor to enforce local fracking ban
RT
June 10th, 2014
Lafayette, CO, residents file a class action lawsuit to enforce their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, which was adopted by 60% of residents last November.
Shale Reporter: Corporations vs. citizens: Who fracking wins?
by Suizie GilbertShale Reporter
June 5th, 2014
Coloradans make bold move to elevate their communities' rights over claimed corporate "rights" through Initiative #75, a Community Rights State Constitutional Amendment proposed for the November ballot.
The Indiana Gazette: GRANT TOWNSHIP: Residents fight plan by driller
by Chauncey RossThe Indiana Gazette
June 4th, 2014
Amidst corporate threats for legal action at a municipal meeting, the Grant Township, PA, Board of Supervisors unanimously adopts a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning wastewater injection wells.
The Corvallis Advocate: County GMO Ballot Measure Progresses
by Bethany CarlsonThe Corvallis Advocate
May 29th, 2014
The Benton County Community Rights Coalition gathers signatures to place the CELDF-drafted Local Food System Ordinance on the November ballot. Their Community Rights Ordinance places the rights of the community to create local, sustainable food systems, over the rights of corporations to use GM seeds.
Eugene Weekly: Linzey Returns Amid GMO Fight
by Kevin SullivanEugene Weekly
May 29th, 2014
CELDF's Thomas Linzey is in the Willamette Valley, where Counties are working to advance Community Bills of Rights banning the use of GMOs. But greater than the issue of GMOs, says Linzey, is the issue of rights: Who has the right to decide what happens in the Willamette Valley?
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.
Outside: The Mother of All Anti-Fracking Tools
by Jacob BaynhamOutside
May 26th, 2014
Do Community Rights to clean air and water, and to local self-governance, outweigh corporate claimed rights to frack? Mora County, NM, says they do, and a legal battle that will impact the nation begins.
Albuquerque Journal: Fracking ban an issue in Mora County races
by T.S. LastAlbuquerque Journal
May 23rd, 2014
Mora County, NM's Community Water Rights and Local Self-Governance ordinance, adopted a year ago and now being challenged by fracking corporate interests, is at the center of the upcoming County Commission election.
The Denver Post: Oil and gas local control Initiative 75 cleared to start Colorado petition drive
by Steve RaabeThe Denver Post
May 23rd, 2014
Debate heats up as the Colorado Community Rights Network begins collecting signatures for Issue 75, the Community Rights state constitutional amendment recognizing fundamental rights of communities over corporate claimed rights.
Colorado State Ballot Initiative 75, the Right to Local Self-Government, Clears Final Hurdle at Colorado Supreme Court
Colorado Community Rights Network
May 22nd, 2014
The Colorado Community Rights Amendment - the first state Community Rights amendment in the country - clears its final hurdle through the Colorado Supreme Court. Signature gathering begins to place the measure on the ballot for the November election.
Vindy.com: Youngstown voters still blind to fracking propaganda. Why?
by Pauline BeckVindy.com
May 22nd, 2014
An observer of Youngstown, OH's, May vote on a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking points out the false claims of the opposition.
The Progressive: Oregon's GMO Sellout
by Rebekah WilceThe Progressive
May 21st, 2014
As agribusiness tries to preempt Oregon communities from creating local, sustainable food systems, free of GMOs, Benton and Lane Counties are working to assert those very rights through Community Rights Ordinances.
Cleveland.com: Canton driller wants to test Broadview Heights ban on new oil and gas wells
by Bob SandrickCleveland.com
May 21st, 2014
An Ohio drilling corporation seeks a permit to drill in Broadview Heights, attempting to disregard the City's Charter Amendment that elevates community rights to ban drilling over corporate claimed "rights" to drill.
Global Exchange's People to People Bog: Community Rights & Fracking Ban Tour hits Mendocino County
by Shannon BiggsGlobal Exchange People to People Blog
May 20th, 2014
CELDF partner, Global Exchange, works with Mendocino County, CA, residents who are threatened with fracking. Residents are using Community Rights to protect themselves, gathering signatures for a Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking for the November ballot.
89.7 WKSU Kent State University: Broadview Heights drilling battle is brewing
by M.L. Schultze89.7 WKSU Kent State University
May 20th, 2014
An Ohio driller seeks a permit to frack in Broadview Heights, despite the City's 2 year old Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment banning fracking. Residents say they have a right to decide whether or not fracking happens in their own community.
Times-Call News: Fracking foes prepare for Boulder County home rule petition drive
by John FryarTimes-Call News
May 13th, 2014
The Boulder County Community Rights Network in Colorado launches their campaign to hold a special election asking residents to vote on beginning the steps to become a Home Rule County. The Network advocates for Community Rights to be part of the Charter.
Times-Call News: Boulder County Commissioners, fracking foes clash over home rule charter
by John FryarTimes-Call News
May 12th, 2014
The Boulder County Community Rights Network seeks to assert Community Rights through a county Home Rule Charter. With the Board of Commissioners refusing to place the question of creating a Charter Commission on the ballot, the Network plans to do so through initiative.
The Nation: Why Are Fracking Hopefuls Suing a County in New Mexico?
by Simon Davis-CohenThe Nation
May 12th, 2014
Mora County, NM, asserts community rights to protect their land over corporate claimed "rights" to frack, as corporations sue Mora in federal court.
Times-Call News: County lawmakers reject special election to create a home-rule charter commission
by John FryarTimes-Call News
May 10th, 2014
Boulder County Commissioners decide not to call for a special election in July on a Home Rule Charter for the County that would include Community Rights. The Boulder County Community Rights Network considers collecting signatures to move forward with the election.
The Pike County Courier: Residents seek 'bill of rights' to ban compressors
by Charles ReynoldsThe Pike County Courier
May 8th, 2014
Milford, PA, residents urge their supervisors to adopt a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance to protect them from compressor stations in the township.
Pagosa Daily Post: OPINION: Local Control Can Properly Address Fracking Concerns
by Cliff WillmengPagosa Daily Post
May 8th, 2014
The Colorado Community Rights Network's state constitutional amendment, which would codify community rights to local, democratic decision-making, reveals the conflict between corporate claimed "rights" and the unalienable rights of communities.
Vindy.com: Youngstown voters reject fracking ban in city for the 3rd time
by David SkolnickVindy.com
May 7th, 2014
Youngstown, OH, residents supporting a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, make plans to move their initiative forward again as they close the gap in May's election.
The Daily Camera: Fracking foes seek ban built into restructuring of Boulder County's government
by John FryarDaily Camera
May 6th, 2014
The Boulder County Community Rights Network in Colorado proposes establishing a Community Rights County Charter that may include banning fracking as a violation of communities' rights.
The Corvallis Advocate: Court Approves Signature Gathering for GMO Ban
by Bethany CarlsonThe Corvallis Advocate
May 1st, 2014
The Benton County Community Rights Coalition is gathering signatures for their CELDF-drafted Local Food System Ordinance that would establish Community Rights to a local, sustainable food system, and protect the County from unsustainable corporate practices such as the use of GM seed.
WKBN 27 First News: 20 science faculty support charter amendment
by WKBN StaffWKBN 27 First News
April 30th, 2014
Twenty faculty at Youngstown State University endorse the Youngstown, OH, Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment that, if adopted next Tuesday, will ban fracking as a violation of Community Rights.
KKCO NBC 11 News: Power to the [local] people
by Ian MargolKKCO NBC News 11
April 30th, 2014
The Colorado Community Rights Network's statewide ballot initiative, entitled "The Right to Local Self-Governance," would establish communities' power over corporations.
Written Word, Spoken Word: No Fences in the Valley
by Frances MadesonWritten Word, Spoken Word
April 29th, 2014
The people who have lived on Mora County, NM, land for generations, see Community Rights and the Mora County Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning fracking as a social and environmental justice issue, as they defend their Ordinance against several corporate lawsuits.
KREX TV News Channel 5: Proposed Ballot Initiative 75 Discussion
by Angelo VargasKREX TV News Channel 5
April 29th, 2014
An open public meeting in Grand Junction, CO, is being held to learn about Ballot Initiative 75, a CELDF-drafted Community Rights state constitutional amendment that would codify communities' rights to protect themselves from harmful activities such as fracking.
Vindy.com: Letters-to-the-Editor regarding May 6th election on Youngstown's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking
Vindy.com
April 25th, 2014
Youngstown, OH, residents speak out in support of a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, and call out misinformation disseminated by opponents [see 2nd and 3rd letters].
The Las Vegas Optic: Money Or Natural Resources
by Marleny AlfaroThe Las Vegas Optic
April 24th, 2014
In a Letter-to-the-Editor, Marleny Alfaro defends Mora County's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking against fears of litigation costs. Alfaro likens Mora's stand with that of Rosa Parks and Civil Rights workers.
The Business Journal: Activists Raise Concerns about Handling of Radioactive Waste
by Dan O'BrienThe Business Journal
April 24th, 2014
As election day approaches, when Youngstown voters will decide on their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, new concerns arise regarding the issuance of a permit allowing radioactive material to be tested within the City.
The Athens News: Panel discussion on fracking coming to the small screen locally
The Athens News
April 20th, 2014
A local Athens group that qualified Community Bill of Rights ballot initiative banning fracking for the November ballot, is participating in a series of panel discussions on Ohio University's CATVision and on TWC Channel 9.
Corvallis Gazette-Times: Anti-GMO measure could go to Benton voters
by Bennett HallCorvallis Gazette-Times
April 17th, 2014
Benton County Community Rights Coalition in Oregon advances their Local Food System Ordinance and begins collecting signatures. The Ordinance establishes the rights to a local food system and bans GM seed as a violation of that right.
Ridgeway Record: Jay Twp. supports Highland's injection well ordinance
by Jim MeyerRidgeway Record
April 17th, 2014
Highland Township, PA, receives a letter of support from Jay Township, as Highland stands behind its Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning fracking wastewater injection wells. Nearby Ridgeway Township sent a letter of support in March.
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.

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