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Lafayette may again consider legalizing anti-fracking civil disobedience ... of dissent toward any oil and gas regulatory efforts, and if approved, it would reinstate a clause legalizing civil disobedience and direct-action protest in the face of fracking. ... A similar bill adopted in 2016 in Grant Township, Penn.
The researchers behind the report, titled "Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking," are quick to point out that fracking, or "unconventional oil and gas extraction," extends far beyond the idea of a single well obediently gurgling up natural gas or oil.

Unlike the Oregon judge, though, the Pennsylvania court is tipping the scales in favor of the developer of the fracking wastewater well by sanctioning Grant Township's attorneys for using the community rights argument. “A judge in Oregon ruled that a right to a livable climate is a fundamental constitutional ...
In 2017, Grant Township was again sued, this time by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which said the township rules interfered with state policy. This isn't the first time that CELDF has tried using community charter laws to help a municipality ban fracking—nor the first time it's failed ...
Court Orders Nonprofit Law Firm to Pay $52,000 to Oil and Gas Company for Defending Local Fracking Waste Ban ... Starting in 2012, PGE proposed an injection well which, according to Grant Township's Board of Supervisors, “would receive 30,000 barrels [1.26 million gallons] of frack wastewater per ...

The case is centered on a 2014 ban and a subsequent municipal charter adopted by Grant Township that banned fracking wastewater injection projects. In crafting the charter, the township used a legal argument called the community rights defense. In that defense, the township argued its residents had a ...
The $52,000 represents 10 percent of more than $500,000 in attorneys' fees and costs that PGE claims it spent while challenging a community bill of rights ordinance that Grant Township enacted in 2014, with guidance and legal underpinning from the CELDF. The ordinance bans oil and gas wastewater ...

... CELDF's work in Grant Township, a rural community with a population of 741 located about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Six years ago, agents from Pennsylvania General Energy, an oil-and-gas exploration company, met privately with local officials to discuss the development of a fracking wastewater ...
Grant Township is not alone in its opposition to hosting a disposal well, but it is probably the most persistent. Residents' efforts have given their ... “So then they saw industrial toxic waste, fracking from other projects in the state coming here, underground, near my spring?” “I think people have had it,” she ...
The residents of Grant Township are not giving up, despite the fact that their own state government is refusing to protect their interests. They are using their bodies to prevent trucks from bringing their deadly cargo of fracking wastewater to the injection well site. “This requires an exhaustive amount of time ...
In 2012, Grant Township became a destination for fracking waste. Oil and gas producer Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE) applied for a permit to pump wastewater from drilling operations into an injection well beneath the community. Residents were alarmed. Injections can induce earthquakes, and wells ...
PITTSBURGH (CN) — Three years into its challenge of a small town's efforts to stamp out fracking, the utility Pennsylvania General Energy has urged a federal judge to award sanctions. A rural community about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Grant Township enacted what it called a Community Bill of ...
On October 24th, 2012, several agents from Pennsylvania General Energy, an oil-and-gas exploration company, met privately with local officials from the rural western Pennsylvania community of Grant Township. Fracking was booming in Pennsylvania, and PGE had been trucking tens of thousands of ...
“All residents of Grant Township, along with natural communities and ecosystems within the Township, possess the right to clean air, water, and soil, which shall include the right to be free from activities which may pose potential risks to clean air, water, and soil within the Township, including the depositing ...
In a joint stipulation filed Monday in Pennsylvania federal court, both sides agreed that Grant Township, located in Western Pennsylvania, would pay a nominal amount of one dollar to PGE, which successfully convinced the court last year that the ban on waste from fracking was unconstitutional.


 

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