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Charter government request challenged Placement on ballot lies with state

August 3rd, 2015 By David J. Coehrs – dcoehrs@civitasmedia.com Three Fulton County residents filed an objection with the Board of Elections Wednesday over a petition from NEXUS opponents requesting a county charter government. Gilders confirmed that the six-page objection drafted by Metamora attorney Charles M. Saunders was received about one half-hour before last Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline to file objections to the petition. It was signed by Saunders and county residents RJ Lumbrezer and Roy Norman. Read the rest... read more

County charter would establish home rule

By GLENN WOJCIAK The Post staff writer | Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 MEDINA – Voters will be given the opportunity to adopt a charter form of county government in November but the implications of that decision aren’t clear. An initiative petition by the group Sustainable Medina County has succeeded in gathering the signatures needed to place the issue on the ballot. If approved, the new charter would establish home rule provisions that empower county officials authority to regulate certain activities the current county commissioners lack authority to control. Those activities include the regulation of drilling new oil and gas wells and pipeline construction which are prohibited in a citizen’s bill of rights included in the new charter. Charter proponents launched their initiative primarily as a means to derail the NEXUS gas transmission line which Spectra Energy plans to build across Medina County and several other Ohio counties. Read more... read more
Ohio judge dismisses Broadview Heights lawsuit by residents

Ohio judge dismisses Broadview Heights lawsuit by residents

By BOB DOWNING Published: July 2, 2015 From a Thursday press release: BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH:  Yesterday – in time for the July 4th celebration of American Independence and democracy – the Cuyahoga County Court dismissed a class action lawsuit filed by residents of Broadview Heights to protect their inalienable right to local self-government. The suit was filed against the state of Ohio and the oil and gas industry, as fracking is being forced into communities without their consent. Read Full Story... read more

Prosecutor wants state AG’s view on charter proposal

The Athens County Prosecutor has asked the Ohio Attorney General’s office for guidance on a proposed ballot initiative for a county charter, and has suggested the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office be contacted as well. Petitions to turn Athens County into a charter government were filed with the elections board last Wednesday by the Athens County Bill of Rights Committee. If the proposal is certified by the board, the matter will be put to voters this coming November. The board has 10 days to review signatures for validity and certify the petitions. Read more... read more
Charter amendment in Columbus sought to ban fracking

Charter amendment in Columbus sought to ban fracking

A group of environmentalists wants to change the Columbus City Charter to ban fracking or any other oil and gas drilling in the city. Carolyn Harding and other organizers seeking what they call the “Columbus Community Bill of Rights” turned in their petition for a charter change on Thursday with 13,587 signatures. If 8,956 of them are from registered Columbus voters, and the group followed the city’s petition rules correctly, the measure would be on the November ballot. Read the full story... read more

Bill of Rights, County Charter Launched in Meigs County

As another Ohio County launches their initiative campaign to place a county charter on the November ballot to protect the people and environment from harm, the Community Rights Movement continues to grow in Ohio. “Meigs County, like other counties across the state, is plagued by the disposal of toxic waste from oil and gas extraction into injection wells within the county.”   Read more... read more

Proposed charter aims to address pipeline projects in Medina County

Filed on April 18, 2015 by Scott Kline A group of Medina County residents are hoping to make it the first in the state to create a new county charter through a ballot initiative. Sustainable Medina County is launching a petition campaign to create a charter that would include a community bill of rights aimed at preventing projects such as the proposed 36-inch NEXUS gas pipeline to be constructed across 20 miles in Medina County. Read the rest here.... read more

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... read more

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,”... read more