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.
Concerned Citizens Ohio
POB 133, Hiram, OH 44234
Perry Phillips, email@example.com, 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
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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Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.