The highly questionable use of the community “bill of rights” is making headlines again this week in Ohio. While there is a petition being circulated in Gates Mills, two operators are taking action against these costly initiatives.
In Gates Mills, activists are attempting to circulate a petition to get a community “bill of rights” on the November ballot, which of course is an attempt to ban shale development in the city limits. This comes after the Mayor came up with the idea to put together a land trust for landowners to maximize their bargaining position. You can learn more about what the community “bill of rights” entails here.
There is currently no Utica Shale development taking place near Gates Mills, and more than likely will never take place anywhere near the village. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the community “bill of rights” has been soundly defeated three times in Youngstown. In Bowling Green, a similar measure was defeated not because of oil and gas development there, but because the “bill of rights” is widely considered aggressively anti-business.
The business manager of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 396 called one such measure in Youngstown a “jobs killer.” Business leaders in Bowling Green said the “bill of rights” could discourage other business in Bowling Green not associated with oil and gas, which means putting men and women out of work who have nothing to do with “fracking” whatsoever.Click here to read the whole article.
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