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TribLive: Grant Township in Indiana County to pursue home rule charter
by Kari AndrenTribLive
May 21st, 2015
With nearly 80% of Grant Township, PA, voters approving a Government Study Commission, residents are aiming to place a Home Rule Charter, giving citizens initiative and referenda powers, on the November ballot. The Township faces a fracking wastewater injection well, and last year adopted a Community Bill of Rights banning the disposal of wastewater within the Township.
Lancaster Online: Despite home rule defeat, Martic and Conestoga residents vow to continue fight against pipeline
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
May 20th, 2015
Martic and Conestoga Townships, in Pennsylvania, vow to continue their efforts to expand local decision-making and protect their communities from industrial gas pipelines.
Lancaster Online: What is track record of community-rights ordinances sought by some in Conestoga and Martic townships?
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
May 17th, 2015
Residents of Martic and Conestoga Townships, PA, drive a grassroots expansion of rights as they vote Tuesday to expand local democratic control through Home Rule. Both Townships are threatened with an industrial LNG pipeline.
The Indiana Gazette: Grant Township to get say on home rule
by Randy WellsThe Indiana Gazette
May 17th, 2015
Grant Township, PA, residents pursue home rule as a means to expand democratic decision-making in their community, and protect themselves further from harmful corporate activities, such as PGE's attempting to inject frack wastewater within the Township.
Lancaster Online: Home rule needed in Martic Township
by Malinda Harnish ClatterbuckLancanster Online
May 15th, 2015
Martic Township resident urges home rule in upcoming election due to the arrogant and disrespectful behavior of their elected Supervisors, who refuse to protect the community from a proposed pipeline project.
Lancaster Online: What we know about pipeline, home rule
by Jody WitekLancanster Online
May 15th, 2015
Conestoga resident reminds the community that detrimental financial impacts from a proposed pipeline far exceed possible financial harms from a home rule study initiative. Conestoga residents are considering home rule to protect themselves from the pipeline.
Lancaster Online: Republican Party no help against pipeline
by Debbie SwansonLancaster Online
May 15th, 2015
Lacking support from their elected Supervisors to protect them against a 42-inch pipeline project, Conestoga Township residents urge the community to support studying Home Rule in the upcoming elections.
Lancaster Online: Week before home rule referendum vote, Martic supervisors send warning letters to residents
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
May 13th, 2015
Martic Township, PA, residents seek to study Home Rule as a means to protect themselves from LNG pipelines. Elections are next week. The latest opposition move from their elected Supervisors is sending warning letters to residents - at tax-payers' expense - implying they should not vote to consider Home Rule.
Lancaster Online: Anti-home rule campaign seems to be run from on high
by Leslie Blue BuntingLancaster Online
May 11th, 2015
Conestoga Township, PA, resident follows the money trail behind the anti-home rule campaigns taking place in three Pennsylvania Townships voting on studying home rule as a means to protect themselves against LNG pipelines slated for their Townships.
Lancaster Online: Home-rule supporters are concerned citizens
by Gene and Nancy BeckerLancaster Online
May 7th, 2015
In a letter-to-the-editor, Martic Township, PA, residents call for a study commission to consider Home Rule to empower residents to govern themselves. Martic Township - and other townships in Lancaster County - are facing a LNG pipeline cutting through their communities.
Lancaster Online: What home rule supporters want
by Barry FinbergLancaster Online
May 4th, 2015
Advancing Home Rule in Martic Township, PA, says a resident in a letter-to-the-editor, is about communities empowering themselves in the face of unwanted industrialization, forced on them by corporations in partnership with government.
PACRN Statement: Conestoga Township, PA, Resident Unjustly Arrested for Speaking Truth at a Public Meeting
PACRN
May 1st, 2015
The Pennsylvania Community Rights Network stands by Conestoga Township, PA, resident Kim Kann, who was arrested for speaking truth at a public meeting this week. Kann and other residents are tirelessly pursuing community rights to protect themselves from LNG pipelines, despite local government officials' hostility.
Lancaster Online: Arrest for making a statement at a public forum in Conestoga Twp.: Outrageous
by The LNP Editorial BoardLancaster Online
May 1st, 2015
The LNP editorial board in Lancaster County, PA, reprimands Conestoga Township, PA, Board of Supervisors for the arrest of a resident when she spoke out to clarify misinformation at a public meeting. Residents are threatened with LNG pipelines cutting through their community, and are pursuing community rights to protect themselves.
Lancaster Online: Conestoga Township resident arrested at microphone during home rule meeting
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
April 30th, 2015
Conestoga Township, PA, resident arrested at a public meeting because she made a statement about Home Rule. Township residents face a LNG pipeline and are using community rights through Home Rule to protect themselves - and face growing hostility from their Township Supervisors.
Lancaster Online: Scare tactics used against home rule
by Mark ClatterbuckLancaster Online
April 29th, 2015
Martic Township, PA, residents, facing LNG pipelines cutting through their community, advance community rights through Home Rule to protect themselves. In an effort to thwart their efforts, Township Supervisors insist only the Supervisors should make governing decisions - not the majority living in the community.
Lancaster Online: Martic Township denies fire crew insurance info to home rule supporter
by Justin DoutrichLancaster Online
April 24th, 2015
As Martic Township, PA, residents pursue community rights through Home Rule to protect themselves from a LNG pipeline, they meet resistance from their own elected officials in gathering basic information for the public.
The Bradford Era: Highland Township Supervisors meet with CELDF over injection well
by Chuck AbrahamThe Bradford Era
April 9th, 2015
Highland Township, PA, Supervisors meet with CELDF attorneys regarding a lawsuit filed by Seneca Resources to block the people's Community Bill of Rights banning frack wastewater injection wells. The Township not only has residents' support, but Elk County Commissioners as well.
Lancaster Online: Williams Partners files formal proposal to build 35 miles of pipeline through Lancaster County
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
April 1st, 2015
As FERC receives a formal application for a permit to build a 42 inch diameter LNG pipeline, Lancaster County residents continue to advance Community Rights to protect their communities, local ecosystems, and rights to local self-governance.
StateImpact: Towns take on gas industry, at their own peril
by Marie CusickStateImpact
March 30th, 2015
Undeterred by critics, communities across the U.S. - including Conestoga Township, PA - pursue Community Rights to challenge laws elevating corporate claimed "rights" over community authority to make local governing decisions.
Lancaster Online: Judge throws out challenges to home rule referendum for Conestoga, Martic townships
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
March 30th, 2015
Martic and Conestoga Townships in Lancaster County, PA, move a step closer to advancing Community Rights to protect themselves from an LNG pipeline: a County Judge threw out challenges to each of the Townships' efforts to place Home Rule on the ballot in May.
The Kane Republican: Seneca now seeks court injunction against Highland Twp.
by Ted LutzThe Kane Republican
March 25th, 2015
While Seneca Resources insists it has suffered "irreparable harm" from Highland Township, PA's, Community Bill of Rights banning fracking injection wells, residents assert they have an inalienable right to protect their water, and continue to back their Supervisors to exercise that right.
Lancaster Online: Anti-home-rule group from Conestoga Township loses candidates in court ruling
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
March 25th, 2015
As Conestoga Township, PA, residents advance community rights to protect themselves from LNG pipelines, opponents to their organizing try to undermine their Home Rule efforts. A Lancaster County Court judge ruled in favor of community rights supporters.
Press Enterprise: Study: Pipeline means 472 jobs
by Michael LesterPress Enterprise
March 23rd, 2015
While an industry-funded study of economic implications of a proposed pipeline in Columbia County, PA, promises jobs, CELDF points out industry bias, and recognizes much broader harms to communities' health and safety, the environment, and democratic harms when the people are deprived of their right to decide whether or not they want the pipeline.
Lancaster Online: Martic, Conestoga residents' anti-pipeline effort to install home rule government challenged in court
by Ad CrableLancanster Online
March 23rd, 2015
Residents of Conestoga and Martic Townships, in Lancaster County, PA, turn to Home Rule to advance Community Bills of Rights through a vote of the people. Local private interests are challenging this democratic move.
The Bradford Era: Highland Twp. to amend bill of rights ordinance ahead of lawsuit
by Colin DeppenThe Bradford Era
March 12th, 2015
Highland Township, PA, Supervisors and residents stand fast to defend their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking wastewater injection wells, adopted in 2013, against a lawsuit by Seneca Resources. The Township is voting to amend their bill of rights to make clearer what it covers.
Fox 43 News: Anti-pipeline activists seek Home Rule in Conestoga
by Katie KyrosFox 43 News
March 12th, 2015
As pipelines plans continue to spread, Conestoga Township, PA, residents turn to Home Rule to advance community rights in order to protect themselves from this unwanted and harmful infrastructure project.
Lancaster Against Pipelines: Martic Residents Move to Enact Home Rule
Lancaster Against Pipelines
March 12th, 2015
Martic Township, PA, residents - facing a pipeline proposal - launch a Home Rule campaign to advance community rights to protect themselves from this harmful project.
Press Release: Highland Township Supervisors Vote to Defend Community Bill of Rights Banning Frack Wastewater Injection Wells
CELDF
March 6th, 2015
In response to Seneca Resources filing a lawsuit to overturn Highland Township, PA's Community Bill of Rights banning frack wastewater injection wells, Township Supervisors vote unanimously to defend their ordinance, with overwhelming support from residents.
LancasterOnline: Conestoga Township resident challenges pipeline claims
by Kimberly KannLancasterOnline
March 4th, 2015
Conestoga Township, PA, resident reveals determination of Lancaster County residents to protect themselves from a proposed gas pipeline threatening communities' clean air, local economy, and rural culture.
LancasterOnline: Home rule is the answer in Martic Township
by Emily Weinstock-CollinsLancasterOnline
March 3rd, 2015
Recognizing how corporations are violating communities' rights to make local governing decisions to protect themselves, Martic Township, PA, residents - threatened with a pipeline - leverage Home Rule to advance their community rights and protect themselves and the natural environment from harm.
The Kane Republican: Highland Supervisors: We're fighting the lawsuit
by Richie LeckerThe Kane Republican
March 3rd, 2015
Residents of Highland Township, PA, rally around Township Supervisors, supporting them in defending their Community Bill of Rights banning frack wastewater injection wells against Seneca Resources.
The Bradford Era: Highland Township plans to fight injection well lawsuit in federal court
by Colin DeppenThe Bradford Era
March 3rd, 2015
Highland Township, PA, residents urge their Supervisors to defend their community and fight Seneca Resources as the energy corporation files a federal lawsuit to overturn their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking injection wells. The ordinance was adopted by the township in 2013 to protect their water.
Allegheny Defense Project: Rural PA Township in the Allegheny National Forest refuses to be bullied by Houston, Texas based oil and gas company Seneca Resources Corporation.
Allegheny Defense Project
March 2nd, 2015
Highland Township, PA, supervisors voted last night to defend the people's Community Bill of Rights banning frack wastewater injection wells. Seneca Resources Corporation claims it has a corporate "right" to inject wastewater in the township, and does not recognize the community's right to protect their clean water.
LancasterOnline: Gas pipelines make bad neighbors
by Mark ClatterbuckLancasterOnline
February 11th, 2015
Lancaster County, PA, resident debunks industry claims about the Atlantic Sunrise pipleline project, which threatens communities and local ecosystems for foreign exports and profits.
LancasterOnline: 8 pipeline protesters plead guilty to trespassing, are fined $100 each
by Ad CrableLancasterOnline
February 5th, 2015
Lancaster County, PA, residents make clear their stand to protect their communities from a pipeline project, refusing to be intimidated by criminal charges and vowing to continue thwarting the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline.
E&E Publishing: Speaking for the trees, lawyer pushes unconventional doctrine
by Ellen M. GilmerE&E Publishing
January 7th, 2015
While the oil & gas industry protests, CELDF & allies bring forward the Rights of Nature as the basis to give ecosystems legal standing to protect itself. The Little Mahoning Watershed in Grant Township, PA, filed to intervene in a case against Grant's Community Bill of Rights banning frack wastewater injection wells.
CELDF Statement: Lancaster County, PA, Community Members Halt Pipeline Drilling Activity
January 6th, 2015
While Conestoga & Martic Township residents urge their local electeds to adopt Community Bills of Rights banning pipelines, they take action through peaceful civil disobedience to stop pipeline test drilling taking place in their community.
Fox 43: Pipeline protest holds up natural gas drilling project in Conestoga Township
by Rebecca SolomonFox 43
January 5th, 2015
CELDF partner communities in Lancaster County, PA, declare a complete rejection of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project, and site protecting the land and rural culture as reasons behind their direct action to stop the project from cutting through their Townships.
StateImpact: 8 protestors arrested at pipeline testing site in Lancaster County
by Katie ColaneriStateImpact
January 5th, 2015
Lancaster County, PA, residents use peaceful civil disobedience to stop drilling at a proposed pipeline site. Residents are acting to protect their community and local ecosystem's rights to clean air, water, and soil.
The Bradford Era: Disputed injection well moving forward in Highland Township
by Chuck AbrahamThe Bradford Era
December 25th, 2014
Seneca Resources attempts to move forward with siting a fracking wasterwater injection well in Highland Township, PA. To do so would violate the Township's Community Bill of Rights banning injection wells, and residents insist on their right to make governing decisions within their community.
WTAE Pittsburgh: Chronicle: Drilling Down (Part 6: "Whose Land is It?")
by Paul Van OsdolWTAE Pittsburgh
December 19th, 2014
Residents of western Pennsylvania determine to protect their community, families, and the land by banning fracking through Community Bills of Rights, and Rights of Nature conservation easement.
Eaglefordtexas.com: Dispute pits small community against large gas driller
by Justin DennisEagleFordTexas.com
December 16th, 2014
Grant Township, PA, Supervisors, residents, and the Little Mahoning Watershed stand behind their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking injection wells and protecting local ecosystems, determined that unjust laws must be challenged and changed.
Watchdog.org: One PA ecosystem enters the court fray over fracking waste
by Rachel MartinWatchdog.org
December 15th, 2014
As fracking, its wastewater, and fracking infrastructure grow, communities are adopting Community Bills of Rights to protect themselves - and now local ecosystems are using this rights-based structure to protect themselves as well.
The Morning Call: Township takes novel approach to ban fracking
by Justin DennisThe Morning Call
December 13th, 2014
Should corporate claimed "rights" to inject frack wastewater supersede the rights of a community to clean water? Residents of Grant Township, PA, insist community rights to clean water, and the right of the Little Mahoning Watershed to flourish, are elevated over any corporate privileges to cause harm.
Lancaster Online: At little risk, supervisors could stand up for residents
by Luke BuntingLancaster Online
December 11th, 2014
Conestoga Township, PA, resident urges the use of their proposed Community Bill of Rights banning pipelines to change our structure of law, such that community rights to local self-governance and to protect themselves are elevated above corporate claimed "rights."
Public Herald: Pennsylvania Ecosystem Fights Corporation For Rights In Landmark Fracking Lawsuit
by Melissa TroutmanPublic Herald
December 10th, 2014
Grant Township residents ally with the Pennsylvania Community Rights Network, CELDF, and 100 other Pennsylvania communities to protect residents and ecosystems from corporate harms. Today, the Little Mahoning Watershed in Grant Township joins them, defending itself in a lawsuit against fracking wastewater.
Lancaster Online: Conestoga Township rejects anti-pipeline ordinance
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
December 3rd, 2014
Despite 200 Conestoga Township, PA, residents passionately urging their Supervisors to adopt their Community Bill of Rights banning an LNG pipeline as a violation of community rights, Supervisors folded, representing corporate interests over the health, safety, and welfare of their constituents.
State Impact: Indiana County township claims ecosystem has legal rights
by Susan PhillipsState Impact
December 1st, 2014
Grant Township, PA, residents see their community rights to protect their health and safety, and the rights of the Little Mahoning Watershed to exist and flourish, as inseparable - and as superseding corporate claimed "rights."
Lancaster Online: Conestoga Township supervisors would make history Tuesday if they pass anti-pipeline ordinance
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
December 1st, 2014
Conestoga Township, PA, residents urge their Board of Supervisors to adopt their Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning pipelines as a violation of their rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance.
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.
Press Release: First-in-Nation: Ecosystem Files to Defend Legal Rights to Exist & Flourish
November 18th, 2014
Today, for the first time, an ecosystem in the United States filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit to defend its own right to exist and flourish. The Little Mahoning Watershed and Grant Township, PA, residents come up against the Pennsylvania General Energy Corporation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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.
Press Release: Grant Township Adopts Community Bill of Rights Banning Injection Wells
June 3rd, 2014
The Grant Township, PA, Board of Supervisors vote unanimously to adopt a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning injection wells. Grant joins Highland Township, which adopted a similar Ordinance in 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heartlander Magazine: The Fracking Fight Goes Way Left
by Marita NoonHeartlander Magazine
November 18th, 2013
The gas and oil industry moves forward to stop the Community Rights movement before it spreads further.
Lehigh Valley Live: Residents hope to stop sludge spreading in Upper Mount Bethel Township
by Lynn Ondrusek Lehigh Valley Live
November 18th, 2013
Upper Mount Bethel Township residents in Pennsylvania ask CELDF for assistance in using a Community Bill of Rights to stop the spreading of sewage sludge in their township.
The Bradford Era: Ridgway Twp. votes no on home rule
by Colin DepenBradford Era
November 6th, 2013
Ridgway Township, PA, voters decide not to pursue a home rule charter as a means to local decision-making over what happens in their community, including fracking.
Global Exhange's People to People Blog: A One-Man Fracking Ban
by Caitlin KawaguchiGlobal Exchange
September 30th, 2013
J. Stephen Cleghorn of Reynoldsville, PA, is the first private property owner in the U.S. to create an easement recognizing the Rights of Nature. Any activities, such as fracking, that harm the ecosystem are banned.
Observer-reporter.com: Youngstown debates a ban on fracking
by Natasha KhanObserver-Reporter
September 20th, 2013
Supporters of Youngstown, OH's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking indicate the measure is designed to protect Community Rights - and will not take away jobs.
The Bradford Era: Earthquakes elicit Elk County opposition to proposed injection well
by Colin DeppenThe Bradford Era
August 23rd, 2013
Elk County Commissioners speak out against fracking injection wells.
The Courier Express: Residents want home rule charter
by Katie WeidenboernerThe Courier-Express
July 18th, 2013
Ridgway Township, PA, residents are collecting signatures to establish a Home Rule Charter, asserting Community Rights to local self-governance, including the right to ban fracking.
Press Release: Pennsylvania Community Rights Network (PCRN) Seats Founding Board of Directors
by CELDF
June 21st, 2013
Declaring that the legitimate foundation of government is the right to local self-governance, the Pennsylvania Community Rights Network reviewed bylaws and officially launched the organization on Monday in Bowmanstown, Carbon County.
The Bradford Era: Ridgway Township Supervisors vote against drilling ban ordinance
by Gretchen RokoskyThe Bradford Era
June 19th, 2013
Ridgway Township, PA, Township Supervisors vote against a Community Bill of Rights ordinance that would have protected residents from shale gas drilling and fracking by banning it.
Occupy.com: How a Community Bill of Rights is Empowering People Against Corporations
by Matt HungerOccupy.com
June 18th, 2013
Taking rights to the community level: Occupy.com covers CELDF's work in supporting communities that are building a Community Rights movement.
In These Times: Frack Corporate Personhood
by Anthony MaginiIn These Times
May 8th, 2013
Word of Washington Co, PA, Judge O'Dell-Seneca's recent ruling that corporations do not count as people continues to spread.
State College residents opposed to Penn State natural gas pipeline continue dialogue
by Jessica VanderkolkCentre Daily Times
April 27th, 2013
CELDF invited to State College to teach Democracy School in June as residents continue to organize around stopping a possible gas pipleline through the borough.
Shalefields Grassroots Reporter: It's Time for Communities to Ban Shale Gas Drilling en Masse
by Braden CrooksShalefields Grassroots Reporter
April 19th, 2013
Braden Crooks, founder of Groundswell in State College, PA, writes about what it takes to assert Community Rights to protect communities from fracking and create a sustainable energy future.

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