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Activist to speak on community bill on rights Sept. 22 in Kent

By Bob Downing Published: September 13, 2013

From Concerned Citizens Ohio-Kent today:

• Tish O'Dell

Explains How Kent Voters Can Adopt A Community Bill of Rights to

Protect Kent from New Gas Drilling, Fracking, and Injection Wells

• Sunday, Sept. 22, 1:30 to 3 pm.

• Kent Free Library, 312 West Main Street, Kent.


Sponsored by

Concerned Citizens Ohio

POB 133, Hiram, OH 44234





Perry Phillips,, or Gwen Fischer,


In November 2012, voters in Broadview Heights, Ohio came out in record

numbers to say overwhelmingly say YES to adoption of a Community Bill of



banning new gas drilling, fracking and injection wells in the city. The

Broadview Heights charter amendment was drafted by the Community

Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) at the invitation of the community

group Mothers Against Drilling In Our Neighborhoods (MADION), a group of

citizens concerned about the potential hazards to their families posed by oil and

gas drilling.

Broadview Heights is the first municipality in the state of Ohio to not only include

a local Bill of Rights in the City Charter, but to protect those rights by prohibiting

all new gas drilling, fracking and injection wells.

MADION co-founder and CELDF organizer


Tish O'Dell commented, “It is

abundantly clear that the majority of residents in Broadview Heights feel that pure

water, clean air, peaceful enjoyment of home and self-government is our

American right for all of our families.”

The Community Bill of Rights amendment does not “regulate” oil or gas

extraction, as its detractors claim. Rather, it asserts fundamental rights that are

beyond regulation by the State, and then protects those rights by prohibiting

corporate behavior judged to pose threats to those rights.

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