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No Longer Willing to be Bullied and Fracked, How One Pennsylvania Town Fought Back


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No Longer Willing to be Bullied and Fracked, How One Pennsylvania Town Fought Back

Lauren McCauley, staff writer

In defiance of a corporate lawsuit over a proposed fracking wastewater injection well, the citizens of Grant Township, Pennsylvania on Tuesday evening adopted the country’s first municipal charter establishing a local bill of rights—a document which codifies environmental and democratic rights, and bans such drilling activity as a violation of that pact.


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We can go back to Dick Cheney for the "halliburton loophole" that exempted fracking (used in 90 percent of U.S. natural gas wells) from parts of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act - Cheney was CEO of Halliburton before VP. Imagine oil&gas more important to life than water!

The good people of PA have taken hold of THEIR rights and not given-in to toxic chemicals in their air and water, others will surely follow - NO government should have the power to mandate "rights" to poison peoples water or property or our planet! Corruption and collusion between gov and corporate greed and lack of concern for the lives of others must be stopped - too bad we have a political class of craven sell-outs who serve big-money, NOT the people!

Big Oil&Gas cares only about their bottom-line, NOT you, your family or water air - your health or death, only the bottom-line. Mammon. Politicians must have lots of money to run for office in our corrupted system and they get it from the ultra-wealthy, corporations, financial parasites, and "developers" - because, as Willie Sutton said, "that's where the money is" - thank the Bush SCOTUS for "Citizens United" and "Corporations are people" decisions - collusion with greed at the "highest" level.......coming soon to a SCOTUS near you, environmental decisions granting corporations the 'right" to harm/kill people with impunity........ http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/29/supreme-court-air-pollution-epa-coal-plants

Seems California gets it. http://www.propublica.org/article/ca-halts-injection-fracking-waste-warning-may-be-contaminating-aquifers

http://www.propublica.org/series/fracking


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The trouble with this is that it succumbs to the almost universal confusion over collective entities. Corporations are NOT persons, whatever SCOTUS may have ruled; neither are cities, townships, states, or citizens' groups. Any large groups will have conflicting opinions, and these can be exploited by the corporations--which have a narrow enough purpose to work functionally as a person--to get their way over the objections of even fairly large majorities. No doubt, even within Grant Township, plenty of people want the drilling, if not the injection well (which has to go somewhere) because of hoped-for jobs, or because they want to lease their land, or because they just believe in corporate rights and The American Way of Life. I live in a place where opposition would likely come from a much smaller percentage--but it's always a percentage. Denton passed that ordinance with a remarkable 62 % (or so). But that still means 38% opposed it.


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Thanks for helping out Chad both here in Pa. and in Co. The fight for our democracy will not fail.


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I wonder what the cancer rate is among oil and gas field workers where fracking chemicals are used. I guess I should go search the web and report back here.


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Just like Denton, TX, it's quite possible that the state of PA will overrule the township,


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Hey, I just want to point out that the image selected for this article is from the Riverdale Mobile Home Park eviction in 2012 where the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund refused to help 32 families challenge Aqua America, Range Resources, and PVR. We needed to assemble a legal team to communicate with the companies, not litigate, just to talk and assert their rights during negotiations. As the guy who asked them for help, I'm not sure an article celebrating them should include a photo from the most horrific human rights abuse the gas industry has imposed on rural residents since shale gas began, which CELDF walked away from.


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You are correct in why 38% voted against the majority of citizens' attempts to protect their health; jobs, money for leases, the American way of life, etc. These are all worn out reasons repeated continuously by the dinosaur oil companies to persuade us to buy/sell their poison as that poison increasingly wrecks our health and even kills us directly and indirectly. Many laws have been passed over the years by gov't to protect the health and safety of its citizens. Laws have been passed prohibiting certain uses of private land which are deemed not in the public interest (liquor stores next to schools for instance - liquor industry could sell more liquor and property owner could get more selling liquor than renting as a residence); there will be just as many jobs created by transition to renewable as will be lost due to community prohibition of drilling in their communities; the "old" American way of life, simply put, is killing the Earth. We all have the right to a healthy environment. The governor of my state, John Hickenlooper-D, and our US senator, Bennet-D, both have done the same to 5 Colorado communities which passed laws trying to protect themselves from the ravages of fracking in their communities. Hopefully, this will be the end of both or their political careers and we in Colorado will overturn their travesties.