Group Wants Charter Government For Athens County To Fight Fracking

Sara Brumfield – Athens Messenger staff reporter Athens, OH Updated Thu, Apr 23, 2015 10:28 am The group that got Athens city voters to pass a citizen’s bill of rights to restrict fracking and associated practices within the city limits is now turning its attention to the entire county. The Athens Bill of Rights Committee is attempting to turn Athens County into a charter form of government in order to keep fracking and injection wells out of the county. The issue is slated to go before county voters in the November general election. The group is aiming to gather 2,000 signatures by June 24 in order to get the issue on the fall ballot. Read rest of article...

Medina County’s Community Rights Charter Campaign Launched

Community Rights County Charter Campaign Launched First County in Ohio to assert their right to local self-government through direct initiative   MEDIA RELEASE April 14, 2015 Contact: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Organizer CELDF.org Tish@celdf.org 440-552-6774 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MEDINA COUNTY:  Yesterday, Community Rights expands in Ohio as residents of Medina County make history as the first County in the state to launch a community rights Charter campaign by direct initiative of the people. Medina County communities, like many other communities across the state, are slated for industrial pipelines that measure up to 42-inches in diameter and operate under high pressure. These pipelines threaten aquifers and drinking water sources, pollute the air through the release of methane and potentially the release of radioactive radon and other toxic gases, risk explosions, contaminate the soil, and threaten local ecosystems. When residents first learned of the pipelines and insisted that protecting the people’s health, safety, and welfare meant saying “NO” to them, they were told by government representatives and environmental agencies that there was “no way to stop them.” Thus, they contacted the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) for help. CELDF is providing grassroots organizing and education, and assisted in drafting the community rights Charter initiative. The Ohio Community Rights Network (OHCRN) is allying with CELDF and Medina County residents as well. The people of Medina County joined together to assert their right to govern themselves, and are seeking a County charter to secure and protect that right. The Charter includes a Bill of Rights for all people in the County, including the right to make the decisions about those things directly impacting...

Forum: Community Rights and Fracking in Broadview Heights

FRACKING And Broadview Hts BILL OF RIGHTS It’s time for an update.   The Brecksville / Broadview Hts Dems Club is sponsoring a public forum led by Tish O’Dell.  Tish will review *where we are on BOTH of these issues, *how we got where we are, *what we can do NOW! Jenni McMaster will also share with us the work she did on the Gates Mills Bill of Rights.   The public forum is being held TUESDAY April 28th from 7-8:30 at the North Royalton Public Library, 5071 Wallings Rd, North Royalton Ohio 44133. Join us for this very timely update.  FRACKING effects our health and property values.   When the Bill of Rights passed by voters in Broadview Hts. is ignored, our CITIZEN RIGHTS are all in jeopardy! Questions call Sharon 216-798-3990 or email...

Mothers Against Drilling protests court decision outside Broadview Heights City Hall

See original article here. BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — About a dozen demonstrators milled outside the Broadview Heights City Hall Monday night, holding up signs that read “Ban Fracking Now” and “Communities Not Corporations” to protest oil and gas drilling in Broadview Heights. Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael K. Astrab last month overturned Broadview Heights voter-approved oil and gas drilling ban, citing state law which gives Ohio the “sole and exclusive authority” to permit, locate, space and regulate oil and gas wells.” A mix of exasperated neighbors and students from Oberlin College turned out to protest the decision, as well as a February Ohio Supreme Court decision against the city of Munroe Falls, which found Beck Energy Corp. must follow only state rules. Protestors, including members of Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhood, chitchatted worriedly about how a new wave of drilling could affect their community, while waving posters at passing cars. Many attended the City Council meeting in the evening to vent frustration over the judge’s ruling. Mothers Against Drilling filed an additional lawsuit in December to fight drilling in Broadview Heights. Cindy Bujackowski, who has lived in Broadview Heights for 30 years, recalled when the drilling equipment rolled in a few houses down. “There’s no business for manufacturing to be in a suburban neighborhood area — near housing, near playgrounds and near ball fields,” she said. Bujackowski remembered the constant noise and the spotlights outside for nearly a week. It got so loud that she couldn’t hear her doorbell, or sit outside and enjoy a sunny evening. “If we sat on our deck we couldn’t hear each other talk,”...