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In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty

In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty

Published on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer For one community attempting to stop fracking wastewater injection wells, civil disobedience just became a sanctioned civic right. The community is Grant Township, Pa., which, in November 2015, had fought off the Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association […]

By Banning Fracking Bans, Texas Picks Gas Drillers over Local Democracy

By Banning Fracking Bans, Texas Picks Gas Drillers over Local Democracy

Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer In what environmental campaigners and the people of the small town of Denton, Texas are calling a clear example of fossil fuel interests trumping the will of local residents, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed HB 40 into law thereby undermining a local ordinance, […]

Going Backwards: Texas House Moves to Gut Municipal Fracking Bans

Going Backwards: Texas House Moves to Gut Municipal Fracking Bans

Published on Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Common Dreams by Common Dreams staff The Texas House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Friday that would gut the power of municipalities to pass anti-fracking rules, angering environmentalists and cities across the state. Conservative state lawmakers have been working hard to halt a growing anti-fracking movement since lastNovember, when voters in the […]

In ‘Tragic’ Decision, Top Ohio Court Takes Away Local Power to Ban Fracking

In ‘Tragic’ Decision, Top Ohio Court Takes Away Local Power to Ban Fracking

Published on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer In a blow to anti-fracking campaigners across the state, the Ohio Supreme Court said this week that the authority to regulate oil and gas drilling activities—and therefore, to ban fracking within municipal borders—lies with the state as opposed to cities, towns, or counties. As the […]

Big Oil Spending Millions to Kill Local Anti-Fracking Measure

Big Oil Spending Millions to Kill Local Anti-Fracking Measure

Published on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Fossil fuel energy companies have spent over $7.6 million to defeat a measure that would ban fracking in California’s Santa Barbara County. Measure P, which was brought forth by the Santa Barbara County Water Guardians, would ban “high-intensity petroleum operations,” including fracking, acidizing […]