Medina County Fracking Meeting

Sep 15, 2011 – 7:00 pm
Medina County Administration Building Auditorium
144 N. Broadway St.
Medina, Ohio    (Directions)

MEDINA COUNTY FRACKING MEETING

When: September 15, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Where: Medina County Administration Building Auditorium, 144 N. Broadway St., Medina.

Contact: For information call 330-334-8107

A community meeting about drilling for natural gas and hydrofracturing is planned in Medina County on September 15, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Medina County Administration Building Auditorium, 144 N. Broadway St., Medina.

The topic is Learn About The Potential Benefits & Risks Regarding The New Type of Horizontal Shale Drilling (FRACKING). Get The Facts On Protective Leases. The meeting is being organized by concerned local citizens who decided not to lease their land for hydraulic fracturing. Speakers will be from the legal community as well as other official representatives.

In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty

Order sanctioning citizen direct action called “one of the boldest moves to stop the natural gas industry’s attacks on our communities, climate and democracy.”

Anti-Fracking protestors in Pennsylvania on Saturday, January 9, 2016. (Photo: Daniel Zampogna, PennLive)

For one community attempting to stop fracking wastewater injection wells, civil disobedience just became a sanctioned civic right.

The community is Grant Township, Pa., which, in November 2015, had fought off the Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA), assertion that fossil fuel companies had a ‘right’ to inject wastewater by adopting the country’s first municipal charter establishing a local bill of rights codifying environmental and democratic rights.

“I will do whatever it takes to provide our residents with the tools and protections they need to nonviolently resist aggressions like those being proposed by PGE.” —Stacy Long, Grant Township Supervisor

But facing ongoing litigation with PGE, the township has taken another creative approach to protect itself by passing a new ordinance on Tuesday that protects those taking direct action to uphold the charter from arrest. According to a press release from Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), which has helped the township craft its charter and wage its legal battle:

If a court does not uphold the people’s right to stop corporate activities threatening the well-being of the community, the ordinance codifies that, “any natural person may then enforce the rights and prohibitions of the charter through direct action.” Further, the ordinance states that any nonviolent direct action to enforce their Charter is protected, “prohibit[ing] any private or public actor from bringing criminal charges or filing any civil or other criminal action against those participating in nonviolent direct action.”

“We’re tired of being told by corporations and our so-called environmental regulatory agencies that we can’t stop this injection well!” stated Grant Township Supervisor Stacy Long. “We’re being threatened by a corporation with a history of permit violations, and that corporation wants to dump toxic frack wastewater into our Township.”

Long continued, “I live here, and I was also elected to protect the health and safety of this Township. I will do whatever it takes to provide our residents with the tools and protections they need to nonviolently resist aggressions like those being proposed by PGE.”

Among those expressing support for the ordinance is noted climate activist Tim DeChristopher, who said, “I’m encouraged to see an entire community and its elected officials asserting their rights to defend their community from the assaults of the fossil fuel industry.”

He took to Twitter to praise the move as well, calling it “one of the boldest moves to stop the natural gas industry’s attacks on our communities, climate and democracy.”

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Emphyrio

May 4, 2016

Citizen awareness and rejection of corrupt politicians selling-us out is moving beyond the control of the criminals. People will no longer sit by and say nothing – do nothing – either in Grant Township or Flint or many other communities. The jig is up you corporate whore politicians and we will bring you down! Any politician that denies these truths will be swept away along with the party establishment that condones or colludes with the con.
This is a crossroads and the politics of fear and lesser of two evils jive is failing. We are building a political revolution Bernie Sanders is now leading and hopefully he will not fail us, will not be the ‘sheepdog” Judas Goat many falsely accuse him of being for their own purposes.
The choice is clear, band together and fight all the many heads of the Hydra or perish separately. Sanders has led the way and the game isn’t up yet. In unity is strength as this courageous town and people prove!

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