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Monday, April 20, 2015

Medina County Group Pushing for Community Bill of Rights to Block Pipeline

From the Akron Beacon Journal:
A Medina County grass-roots group is launching a drive to adopt a new county charter with a community rights that might be used to block a planned natural gas pipeline. 
The plan, if adopted, would be a first in Ohio. 
The new group, Sustainable Medina County, intends to circulate petitions in order to get the charter on the November ballot. About 4,900 signatures will be needed. 
Those petitions are being finalized. The deadline to submit them is in June. 
The current structure of Medina County government would remain intact under the proposed charter, but the charter would give the county’s elected officials the authority to protect residents from corporate harm. 
In addition, the people’s right to initiative and referendum would be codified under the plan to give them more control.
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Despite recent court decisions that have knocked down these sorts of attempts to ban oil and gas development, there is no doubt that activist groups will continue pushing for similar actions to be taken in any community that will listen to them.

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