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.

Lafayette group files motion to block oil and gas industry’s lawsuit, enforce local fracking ban

COGA: Plantiffs ‘extremist’ and ‘aren’t tethered to reality’
By Alex BurnessCamera Staff Writer

POSTED:   08/21/2014 09:17:14 PM MDT | UPDATED:   5 DAYS AGO

Residents of Lafayette seeking to enforce a voter-supported fracking ban filed a motion this week for a preliminary injunction against the state, Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

The motion aims to prohibit the state’s oil and gas industry from using the Colorado Oil and Gas Act to invalidate the town’s right to self-government, which the plaintiffs claim should include the ability to ban fracking.

“The right to local, community self-government serves as the foundation for the American system of law and is a central tenet of our Declaration of Independence and state and federal constitutions,” said Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, the Pennsylvania-based pro-bono organization that assisted in the drafting of Lafayette Community Bill of Rights.

“The people’s right to self-governance has been routinely ignored by our elected representatives and overridden by the courts in favor of corporate rights,” Linzey said.

The motion, filed Tuesday in Boulder County District Court, is part of a class-action lawsuit against the state and oil and gas industry.

In November, 60 percent of Lafayette voters supported a home-rule charter amendment to establish a Community Bill of Rights that, among other things, bans fracking and other underground extraction. The state oil and gas association sued the town to overturn the measure in December, prompting the class-action suit seven months later by Anna Griffen and Cliff Willmeng, of anti-fracking group East Boulder County United.

In July, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association dismissed the lawsuit as “frivolous.”

Responding to this week’s injunction, COGA spokesman Doug Flanders said the motion proves those fighting against the state’s oil and gas industry “aren’t tethered to reality.”

“Willmeng and Griffen are attempting to warp the legal system to their own political and extremist ends by seeking injunctive relief based on imagined prospective harm that doesn’t exist,” Flanders said.

He added that, in COGA’s belief, there is “no immediate threat” warranting the injunction, as the court still hasn’t resolved whether there’s any legitimate legal basis for Willmeng’s and Griffin’s response to COGA’s pending motions to dismiss the suit.

“This frivolous preliminary injunction motion reinforces COGA’s view that this lawsuit is without merit, a waste of taxpayer resources, and should be promptly dismissed by the court,” Flanders said.

Linzey said the class-action lawsuit would be “the first of many” brought forth by U.S. citizens who feel their rights to self-govern are being violated by state governments working “in concert with the corporations that they ostensibly regulate.”

“The people of Lafayette will not stand idly,” Linzey said, “as their rights are negotiated away by oil and gas corporations, and by their state government.”

Contact Camera Staff Writer Alex Burness at burnessa@dailycamera.com ortwitter.com/alex_burness.

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