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Lancaster Online: Supervisors should stand up to Williams
by Mark ClatterbuckLancaster Online
November 26th, 2014
In a letter-to-the-editor, a Lancaster County, PA, resident calls out the structure of law and governance we live under that forces unsustainable and harmful LNG pipelines into communities, calling for Township Supervisors within the County to adopt Community Bills of Rights to protect residents and local ecosystems.
Midwest Energy News: Ohio town, seeking to limit drilling, is latest at odds with state
by Kathiann M. KowalskiMidwest Energy News
November 24th, 2014
Regardless of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources partnering with oil and gas corporations to use the Ohio courts against communities, residents continue to assert their Community Rights to local self-governance and clean air and water through local bills of rights banning fracking.
The Columbus Dispatch: Fracking industry suing over drilling bans
by Laura ArenschieldThe Columbus Dispatch
November 21st, 2014
Community Bills of Rights initiatives are increasingly being used by Ohio communities to ban shale gas drilling and fracking, as corporations are claiming a corporate "right" to frack.
Truthout: Amending Colorado's Constitution: Do Communities Have Right to Clean Air and Water?
by Ruthi EngelkeTruthout
November 19th, 2014
Community efforts to stop fracking reveal that we have been divested of our human, civil and political rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance. Meanwhile corporations continue to clothe themselves in human civil and political rights and protections - with federal and state government as their tailors.
Daily Camera: Letter-to-the-Editor: Let the revolution begin
by Merrily MazzaDaily Camera
November 19th, 2014
In a letter-to-the-editor, Merrily Mazza of the Colorado Community Rights Network calls out that there is no remedy to protect our own health, safety, and welfare, under our existing structure of law and governance. Statewide Community Rights Networks are working to change that.
Fort Bragg Advocate-News: Fracking ban success surprises supporters
by Matthew ReedFort Bragg Advocate-News
November 13th, 2014
Mendocino County, CA, residents voting to use Community Rights to ban fracking by an overwhelming majority in the November election, welcome the broader conversation about the recognition of community rights within the county.
Fort Bragg Advocate-News: Fracking ban success surprises supporters
by Matthew ReedFort Bragg Advocate-News
November 13th, 2014
Mendocino County, CA, residents using Community Rights to ban fracking by an overwhelming majority in the November election, welcome the broader conversation about the recognition of community rights within the county.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Disagreement on legal authority complicates local fracking bans
by Daniel MoorePittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 11th, 2014
Community Bills of Rights banning fracking are democratic laws that are to be defended and enforced - just like any other law adopted by the people, says CELDF's Ohio Community Organizer Tish O'Dell.
MGX.com: The LNG prosperity myth
by MagixMGX.com
November 9th, 2014
Blogger Magix reveals the false claims of energy corporations in favor of an LNG pipeline cutting through Coos County, OR, and what residents can expect from corporate opponents of the community's Coos County Right to Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance, headed for the ballot next May.
EagleFordTexas.com: Mendocino County voters ban fracking
November 7th, 2014
Mendocino County, CA's, Community Bill of Rights banning fracking protects residents and local ecosystems, and challenges existing law that denies communities the right to local decision-making, the right to clean air and water, and the right to create sustainable communities.
Lancaster Online: 2 townships considering anti-pipeline ordinances
by Dan NephinLancaster Online
November 6th, 2014
Conestoga and Martic Township residents in Lancaster County, PA, urge their Township Supervisors to move forward Community Bills of Rights banning natural gas pipelines from their communities.
The Athens News: Athens the only Ohio city to pass a fracking ban this election
by Conor MorrisThe Athens News
November 6th, 2014
Athens, OH, city officials vow to enforce their newly adopted Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and related activities, while residents celebrate their overwhelming win.
MGX: Who Needs Congress?
MGX
November 6th, 2014
On the grounds that all power is inherent in the people, residents of Coos County, OR, facing an LNG pipeline harmful to their communities and local ecosystems, have filed a Community Rights initiative banning unsustainable infrastructure for the May 2015 ballot.
Yes! Magazine: 6 Ways Americans Voted Against Corporate Power in the Most Expensive Midterm Elections Ever
by Mary Hansen & Kayla SchultzYes! Magazine
November 5th, 2014
CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights banning fracking and challenging corporate claimed "rights" in Ohio and California take center stage.
E & E Publishing: 1 of 4 fracking bans passes muster with voters
by Pamela KingE & E Publishing
November 5th, 2014
Athens, OH, overwhelmingly adopts a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, while Youngstown residents vow to continue on to protect their City and build a Community Rights Movement.
The Athens Messenger: Athens anti-fracking bill of rights gets thumbs up from voters
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens Messenger
November 5th, 2014
Athens, OH, residents ban fracking and the transportation of frack waste within the City through a Community Bill of Rights. The initiative was supported by 78% of voters, and secures the community's rights to a healthy environment and to local self-governance.
EcoWatch: Fracking Ban Passes in Denton, Texas, Two California Counties and One Ohio Town
by Anastasia PantsiosEcoWatch
November 5th, 2014
Athens, OH, and Mendocino County, CA, adopt Community Bills of Rights banning fracking in a growing movement to secure residents' inalienable rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance - and banning fracking as a violation of those rights.
Press Release: Mendocino Co, CA, Adopts Community Bill of Rights Banning Fracking
November 5th, 2014
Mendocino County, CA, residents adopt the first-in-the-state Community Bill of Rights banning fracking with 67% of the vote.
Press Release: Athens, OH, Bans Fracking and Frack Waste Water Disposal as a Violation of Rights
November 5th, 2014
Last night, residents of Athens, OH, overwhelmingly asserted their rights to clean air, water, and to local self-governance, banning fracking and frack wastewater injection wells through the adoption of a Community Bill of Rights.
Center for Media and Democracy: Direct Democracy Tackles Fracking, GMOs, Pesticides on Election Day
by Rebekah WilceCenter for Media and Democracy
November 3rd, 2014
Communities across the country vote November 4th on a range of ballot initiatives, including CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights banning pesticides in Josephine County, OR, and banning fracking in several communities in Ohio.
Common Dreams: Forging a 'Different Path,' Communities Take Fracking Fight to the Ballot
by Andrea GermanosCommon Dreams
November 3rd, 2014
Growing numbers of communities realize fracking is a threat to their air and water, local ecosystems, and future generations - and are placing Community Bills of Rights on the ballot to stop it.
Inside Climate News: Record Number of Anti-Fracking Measures on Nov. 4 Ballots
by Zahra HirjiInside Climate News
October 31st, 2014
Measures to ban fracking spread across the U.S., while the gas and oil industry outspends supporters of these measures by wide margins.
ideastream: Anti-Fracking Activists Try Creative Approach with Ballot Measures
by Joanna Richardsideastream
October 31st, 2014
Gates Mills, OH, and three other Ohio municipalities challenge state preemption and corporate power as they place Community Bills of Rights banning fracking and related activities on the ballot next week. Residents claim rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance.
Recordpub.com: Letter - Kent Councilwomen Support Issue 21
by Heidi L. Shaffer and Tracy WallachRecordpub.com
October 31st, 2014
Kent, OH, City Councilwomen urge support of residents' Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and related activities, recognizing residents have a right to local self-governance and clean air and water.
Recordpub.com: 'Outsider" urges passage of Issue 21
by Gwen B. FischerRecordpub.com
October 30th, 2014
A neighbor of Kent, OH, urges residents to adopt their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on November 4th.
Recordpub.com: 'Yes" on Bill of Rights Measure for Kent
by Perry PhillipsRecordpub.com
October 30th, 2014
Kent, OH, resident supports the City's Community Bill of Rights to protect the community from fracking and wastewater injection wells, insisting the people of Kent should decide what happens, where they live.
Examiner.com: November ballots in Ohio to include record number of initiatives to ban fracking
Examiner.com
October 30th, 2014
Four Ohio municipalities will vote on November 4th on Community Bills of Rights initiatives banning fracking and asserting the right to local self-governance and to a healthy environment - challenging corporate claimed "rights" to frack and state preemption.
Press Release: National Community Rights Network Holds Historic First Meeting
National Community Rights Network
October 30th, 2014
The National Community Rights Network holds its inaugural gathering, accelerating the advancement of Community Rights at the state and federal level.
EagleFordTexas.com: Local bans on fracking up for vote in Utica Shale
by Daniel MooreEagleFordTexas.com
October 29th, 2014
As resistance grows to fracking and related activities, more and more communities are using Community Bills of Rights to assert their right to local self-governance, and to make the decisions about those things directly impacting them--such as fracking.
Daily Environment Report: Initiatives to Ban Shale Gas Drilling, Fracking On Ballots in Four Ohio Municipalities
by Bebe RaupeDaily Environment Report
October 29th, 2014
Ohio communities place four Community Bills of Rights initiatives banning fracking and related activities on the ballot for November 4th.
Recordpub.com: Letter to the Editor - Kent Bill of Rights Seeks to Regain Power
by Mimi JacksonRecordpub.com
October 28th, 2014
Kent, OH, resident challenges opposition to the City's Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment banning fracking, and urges support for the right to local self-governance.
Press Release Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent: Kent, OH, Community Bill of Rights Endorsed by UU
Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent
October 27th, 2014
Issue 21 - Kent, OH's, Community Bill of Rights banning fracking - is endorsed by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.
KentWired.com: Letter to the editor: Who owns our resources?
by Kathy SchumannKentWired.com
October 26th, 2014
Kent, OH, resident urges support for their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, to protect themselves from fracking harms and secure their inalienable rights.
Recordpub.com: Kent Environmental Rights Group Files Complaint with Ohio Elections Commission
by Conner HowardRecordpub.com
October 25th, 2014
False claims by opposition to Kent, OH's, CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights banning fracking are challenged.
Press Release - Athens Bill of Rights Committee: Mansfield Law Director: "Issue 7 is Only the Beginning"
by Dick McGinn & Sally Jo WileyAthens Bill of Rights Committee
October 25th, 2014
Athens, OH, Bill of Rights Committee highlights Mansfield Law Director John Spon's key points in urging support for Athens' Community Bill of Rights banning fracking.
WOUB Ohio University: Environmental Advocate Visits Athens to Support Issue 7
by Tom HodsonWOUB Ohio University
October 24th, 2014
Mansfield, OH, Law Director John Spon supports Athens' Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking, on the ballot in November. Mansfield voters overwhelmingly adopted a similar initiative in November 2012.
RecordPub.com: Letter - Supports Kent Bill of Rights
by George FosterRecordpub.com
October 21st, 2014
Kent, OH, resident supports a Community Bill of Rights on the November ballot, which bans fracking and codifies residents' inalienable right to make the decisions about what happens with fracking in their own community.
Albuquerque Journal: Mora County fracking ban stays, for now
by Mark OswaldAlbuquerque Journal
October 14th, 2014
In New Mexico, the Mora County Commission votes 2:1 to uphold the County's Community Bill of Rights banning all hydrocarbon extraction.
Chagrin Valley Times Editorial: Restore rights to real people
Chagrin Valley News
October 14th, 2014
Chagrin Valley News supports Gates Mills, OH, residents' Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, urging the community to restore democracy and their constitutional right to local self-governance.
Cleveland.com: Issue 21 would keep companies from drilling for gas or oil in Kent: Letter to the Editor
by Lee BrookerCleveland.com
October 13th, 2014
Kent, OH, resident supports the Kent Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking and asserting community rights - to be free from toxic trespass, and to local self-governance.
The Athens New: Vote yes on Issue 7, a concerted effort to save our Athens water
by  Dawn BikowskiThe Athens News
October 12th, 2014
Athens, OH, resident urges support for their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and protecting the community's right to water and local self-governance.
KentWired.com: Rallying for local fracking regulations
by Matthew MerchantKentWired.com
October 12th, 2014
Ohio grassroots groups rally with Kent, OH, residents to advance Kent's Community Bill of Rights initiative, which bans fracking, for the November ballot.
Vindy.com: A national anti-fracking group staged a silent protest at the chamber
by David SkolnickVindy.com
October 11th, 2014
Great March for Climate Action members staged a protest in Youngstown Chamber offices. The chamber is opposed to Youngstown residents' Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, and Climate Action members support the measure.
This Changes Everything Blog: Hundreds of Communities are Building Legal Blockades to Fight Big Carbon
by Simon Davis-CohenThis Changes Everything Blog
October 10th, 2014
CELDF's work helping municipalities across the country to stop the oil and gas industry through elevating Community Rights over corporate claimed "rights," is growing.
The Jambar: What the Frack?
The Jambar
October 6th, 2014
CELDF's Thomas Linzey calls for a grassroots community rights movement to establish residents' legal authority to say "no" to harmful energy projects, and "yes" to sustainable energy systems.
Oil & Gas Journal: Hydraulic fracturing battle has moved to several local ballot boxes
by Nick SnowOil & Gas Journal
October 6th, 2014
As growing numbers of communities adopt Community Bills of Rights banning fracking to protect their health, safety and welfare, the oil and gas industry threatens monetary repercussions and lawsuits, disregarding impacts on local economies and communities' air, soil, and water.
The Decorah Newspapers: New Mexico official speaking on how his county banned fracking
The Decorah Newspapers
September 26th, 2014
Mora County, NM, County Commissioner John Olivas speaks with communities across Iowa about Mora's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking. Iowa residents are threatened with frac-sand mining.
CentralMaine.com: East-west corridor remains a danger
by Lesley FernowCentralMaine.com
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.
The Athens News: We support the right to protect local water; yes on 7
The Athens News
September 25th, 2014
The Athens News endorses Issue 7 on the November ballot - an Athens, OH, Community Bill of Rights banning shale gas drilling and fracking as a violation of community rights.
Yes! Magazine: How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won - for Now
by Nina Bunker RuizYes! Magazine
September 23rd, 2014
Mora County, NM's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking as a violation of the people's rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance, is rooted in the county's rich history of community. Residents are drawing on that history as they stand together to defend their ordinance against corporate lawsuits.
Lancaster Online: Pipeline company does not have my best interests in mind
by Malinda Harnish ClatterbuckLancaster Online
September 21st, 2014
Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck of Lancaster County, PA, calls on residents to protect their local, rural communities as they are threatened by miles of a high-pressure transmission pipeline in the interests of energy profits.
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.
Natural Gas Intelligence: Activists Continue Push to Limit Ohio Oil, Gas Development
by Jamison CocklinNatural Gas Intelligence
September 11th, 2014
The gas industry tracks the spread of Community Bills of Rights banning fracking and related activities in Ohio, as residents determine to assert their rights to protect their health, safety, and welfare.
The Columbus Dispatch: Activists want Columbus to have environmental ‘bill of rights’
by Laura ArenschieldThe Columbus Dispatch
September 10th, 2014
Columbus, OH, residents advance a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and related activities for the May 2015 ballot, following in the foot steps of Yellow Springs, Broadview Heights, Oberlin, and Mansfield.
Cleveland.com: Anti-fracking bill of rights will be on Gates Mills November ballot after village officials change stance
by Sara DornCleveland.com
September 9th, 2014
Gates Mills, OH, residents succeed in moving a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking onto the November ballot.
Honolulu Civil Beat: Why the People of Hawaii Can’t Say ‘No’ to GMOs
by Kai HuschkeHonolulu Civil Beat
September 8th, 2014
It is no surprise that Kauai County's right-to-know law regarding GMOs and pesticides was overturned in favor of corporate privileges, and Hawaii County's ban on GMO testing is expected to be overturned as well. Only challenging this existing law will change it, asserts CELDF's Kai Huschke.
The Indiana Gazette: Grant Township unbowed by PGE lawsuit
by Chauncey RossThe Indiana Gazette
August 29th, 2014
Grant Township, PA, Supervisors determine to protect residents' safety and welfare by defending their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking injection wells against a corporate lawsuit attempting to overturn the ordinance.
89.7 WKSU: Columbus groups are trying to pass a Bill of Rights to combat fracking
by Karen Kasler89.7 WKSU
August 28th, 2014
Columbus, OH, joins Kent, Youngstown, and Athens to advance Community Bills of Rights banning fracking and fracking waste as a violation of rights. Signature gathering begins September 10th.
TribLive: Indiana County's Grant Township will fight wastewater disposal well
by Kari AndrenTribLive
August 28th, 2014
Grant Township Supervisors vote unanimously to defend the Township's Community Bill of Rights, which bans fracking wastewater injection wells as a violation of those rights. PGE Company is suing the Township, claiming it violates PGE's corporate "rights."
Yes! Magazine: Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Might Have to Change First
by Mari MargilYes! Magazine
August 28th, 2014
CELDF's Mari Margil celebrates the gains of collective action as the New York Court of Appeals' decision favored New York Towns zoning out fracking. She also reveals the shaky ground on which the decision was made - and urges further collective action through community rights to secure our right to collectively govern our own communities.
Record-Courier: Letter: Charter Change Now Up to Kent Voters
by Mim JacksonRecord Pub
August 27th, 2014
Kent, OH, residents applaud Kent City Council for its unanimous approval of a Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment banning fracking for the November ballot.
TribLive: Indiana County township 'afraid for the water' fights waste well
by David ContiTribLive
August 26th, 2014
Grant Township, PA, faces a lawsuit filed by PGE Corporation claiming a corporate "right" to dispose of fracking wastewater in their community. The Township adopted a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking injection wells in June.
Akron Beacon Journal: Kent voters to decide on community bill of rights on Nov. 4
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal
August 26th, 2014
Kent, OH, City Council unanimously approved placing a citizen-initiated Community Bill of Rights on the November ballot. If adopted, the bill of rights would ban fracking.
The Vindicator: Anti-fracking issue in city stands decent chance of passage this fall
by Jim VallaniThe Vindicator
August 24th, 2014
Youngstown, OH, resident applauds the Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking on the November ballot as "democracy in action."
BroadView Journal: Energy companies challenge community bill of rights in court
by Jon HuffBroadView Journal
August 23rd, 2014
Oil and gas companies file suit against Broadview Heights, OH, arguing a corporate "right" to frack. Residents file a motion to intervene, arguing the community's right to local self-governance and to protect clean air and water supersedes any corporate claimed "rights."
Daily Camera: Lafayette group files motion to block oil and gas industry's lawsuit, enforce local fracking ban
by Alex BurnessDaily Camera
August 21st, 2014
With 60% of Lafayette, CO, residents adopting a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking last November, residents file a motion for a preliminary injunction against the State and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) to enforce their ban. COGA claims residents, who are asserting their right to local self-governance, are "extremists."
EcoWatch: Colorado Town Sues State, Gov. Hickenlooper and COGA to Protect Right to Ban Fracking
by Anastasia PantsiosEcoWatch
August 21st, 2014
Lafayette, CO, residents file a preliminary injunction to protect their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking.
The Colorado Statesman: How Congressman Jared Polis and Food and Water Watch sold out Colorado
by Thomas LinzeyThe Colorado Statesman
August 21st, 2014
CELDF's Thomas Linzey calls out the blatant sellout of Coloradans by a Congressman who had claimed to support communities banning fracking, and a non-profit's abandonment of helping protect Coloradans from fracking.
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.
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.
Sane Energy Project: FERC and the Regulatory Trap
by John TralloSane Energy Project
July 7th, 2014
Growing numbers of communities face unwanted shale gas infrastructure projects, such as pipelines. This author has first hand experience in trying to stop them, and concludes Community Bills of Rights are a means to do so.
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.

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