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In Step with Texas, Oklahoma Poised to Outlaw Local Drilling Bans


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In Step with Texas, Oklahoma Poised to Outlaw Local Drilling Bans

Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Despite mounting scientific evidence that fracking is increasing seismic activity in the state, Oklahoma legislators are poised to pass legislation preventing municipalities from passing local bans on drilling operations.

Senate Bill 468 would overturn an 80-year-old statute and explicitly prohibits local regulation of certain oil and gas activities—even if such regulation is approved by Oklahoma voters.


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Many might think that outlawing local bans of tracking and drilling. But this is actually one of the first steps in taking back local control from corporations and their state legislature (and Congressional) stooges. This is the necessary to expose this fascist collusion to the unaware and to get them agree enough to change the system.


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It seems to me that these states that purposefully legislate to abrogate/deny their residents/constituents rights to protect themselves, their land, their children, their animals and their towns/villages from the ravages of unlimited unregulated (due to lack of regulatory oversight/inspection) and rampant drilling/fracking will be taken to task in the halls of the highest court in the land, SCOTUS. To whit, the Fourteenth Amendment:

Amendment XIV
Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.


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Don't forget that the Corporate Citizen has the same 'person hood' protections. And the corps in OK apparently have another protector called the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (who ever heard of such a thing?) Anyone who thinks that commission exists to regulate corps from wrongdoing instead of easing their ability to do said wrongdoing needs their head examined. And need I even mention the corp buy-off of the Supreme Court in your country? Nice try with the idea of invoking the Constitution. But not in any of our lifetimes will your scenario ever succeed.


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Doesn't the pending TTIP trade deal's energy chapter use ISDS to force an irreversible "regulatory convergence" on any national, (country wide) state or local restrictions to facilitate a vast expansion of drilling and fracking - for export?

Which may not even create domestic jobs, because of TISA- the winners of any of those contracts which use any government money at all are likely to be whatever international companies are the low bidders.


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These local laws are part of a cover up to cover up the fact that TTIP's energy chapter - which greatly expands fracking and drilling and turns on the export spigot, will preempt state, local and national laws.

See Fracking Exports Will Leave U.S. Communities in the Dark

and TTIP-ISDS-fracking-briefing