A letter of support from the Kent Environment Council on behalf of the Portage Community Rights Group's proposedcommunity bill of rights charter amendment that may be on the November ballot:



We, the board of theKent Environmental Council (KEC) wish to voice our support for the Portage Community Rights Group’s (PCRG) charter petition. The charter’s intent is to restore citizen democracy to Portage County and protect its natural resources. KEC has a long history of working to protect the environment in Kent and throughout Portage County and recognizes the particular risk to the county’s ground water supply posed by the lack of local control of the extraction industry. In an effort to wrest control back from the state government in Columbus PCRG’s charter proposes to return to local communitiestheir constitutional rights to self-determination, allowing citizens throughout the county to exercise those rights in the protection of their soil and water. KEC’ssupport of this charter affirms our recognition of the value of PCRG’S charter effort and demonstrates our commitment to being advocates for our natural resources.



We have historically placed special emphasis on the protection of our ground and surface water. In past years by advocating for and helping to clean up the Cuyahoga River and more recently by co-sponsoring the 2015 and 2016 Edith Chase Symposiums:Not a Drop to Drink andWhen the Well Runs Dry held in the Kent State University Conference Center. Both KEC and PCRG  areconcernedwith the lack of local control overthe disposal of highly contaminated hydraulic fracturing waste water in our county which has the potential of contaminating  community and private water supplies. Our endorsement of this charter effort confirms the significance of the proposal and should encourage all Portage County voters to include their names on the PCRG’s charter petition. Due to the deadline for petition submittal the need for community support is urgent and immediate. For more information and to see how you can help please visit PCRG’s website at  www.portagecommunityrightsgroup.org.



 



Brad Brotje



 Secretary, Kent Environmental Council