HB 463 – corporate state legislation to block citizen initiative – struck by Court A Press Release from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, from October 19, 2017. BOWLING GREEN, OHIO: Today, the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the right of Bowling Green residents to vote, ordering their first-in-the-state Right to Climate charter amendment on the November [...]
This news story by Simon Davis-Cohen originally appeared on DeSmogBlog October 18, 2017. For the first time since 2013, a group of activists in Youngstown, Ohio, has been told it cannot place an anti-fracking initiative on local ballots, due in part to a misinformation campaign from the fossil fuel industry. MORE...
Letter to the Editor submitted to the Bradford Era local newspaper in Pennsylvania on October 7, 2017.
The following Letter to the Editor was in direct response to the Bradford, Pennsylvania newspaper's local news story titled "Highland Township’s Home Rule Charter Stripped by Court". Highland Township’s home rule charter that bans corporations from contaminating the public water supply may very well be “controversial” (according to this newspaper), but what is clearly much [...]
4-3 decision denies the right to vote, unites residents across the state A Press Release from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, from October 7, 2017. While a split decision by the Ohio Supreme Court is blocking Youngstown residents from voting on two rights-based ballot measures this November, pressure is building as state legislators and local [...]
This article originally appeared in the Bradford Era on October 3, 2017. Highland Township’s controversial home rule charter has been stripped of its oil and gas provisions by a federal judge. … The saga over oil and gas rights in Highland Township has been ongoing for several years. In 2013, at the urging of Community [...]
A Press Release from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, from October 2, 2017. Rules Township Residents Must Accept Injection Well; Closes Courtroom Door to the People of Highland Township Last week, Magistrate Judge Susan Paradise Baxter issued a decision invalidating provisions of Highland Township’s Home Rule Charter, which protected the Township from frack wastewater. The [...]
Supporters of Lane County aerial herbicide spraying ban say they have enough signatures to put measure on May 15 election ballot
This article by Elon Glucklich originally appeared in The Register-Guard, September 30, 2017. Lane County environmental activists may have gathered enough signatures to put a countywide ban on aerial herbicide spraying on next year’s ballot, most likely drawing timber companies into a heated election battle. MORE...
This article by Angela K. Evans originally appeared in the Boulder County Weekly, September 28, 2017. How to govern water resources in the West has been a contentious issue since Europeans first started settling the land, and the Colorado River has been at the forefront of the debate for more than a century. MORE... [...]
This letter to the editor by Lisa Flynn originally appeared in The Daily Camera, September 28, 2017. Fracking was banned by the people, by vote, in Longmont. The ban was preempted by the state. Fracking was under moratorium until last May in Boulder County. The moratorium was lifted under threat of lawsuit by the Colorado attorney general. [...]
This original article by Will Falk appeared in the San Diego Free Press, September 25, 2017. On Tuesday, September 26, the Colorado River will sue the State of Colorado in a first-in-the-nation lawsuit requesting that the United States District Court in Denver recognize the river’s rights of nature. These rights include the rights to exist, [...]