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Friday, March 25, 2016

Drilling Opponents Not Letting Ohio Law Stop Them From Pushing for Bans

From the Akron Beacon Journal:
Grass-roots groups in Medina and Portage counties are trying to get community bill of rights charters approved by voters on Nov. 8. 
Sustainable Medina County is circulating petitions to put the issue before voters in a grass-roots campaign to block the Nexus natural gas pipeline and a pipeline compressor station west of Wadsworth in Guilford Township. 
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. 
It is the second time that such an effort has been undertaken in Medina County. 
“This charter will empower the people of our county to say no to Nexus and its threats to the health and safety of our families and the environment,” said spokeswoman Kathie Jones of Wadsworth Township.
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These community bill of rights bans have, of course, now been repeatedly overturned by Ohio courts because they go against state law.

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