Pennsylvania Township Bans Fracking Wastewater Disposal - Defies State Government
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Defying the state of Pennsylvania, a township has decided to take a stand against fracking and ban the disposal of wastewater from the process within its boundaries. The Licking Township (pop. 500) Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in support of the "Licking Township Community Water Rights and Self-Government Ordinance". Yes! Magazine has the details:Mik Robertson, chairman of the township board said, "People have the right to determine what is suitable for their community, as they are most directly affected by intended or unintended consequences of resource extraction."
Developed with the help of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, the ordinance does more than just prohibit wastewater dumping.
Licking Township's ordinance asserts the right to local self-government and the community's right to a healthy environment and to clean water. In adopting the ordinance, Licking joins more than a dozen other communities in legally recognizing the rights of nature and subordinating corporate constitutional rights to the rights of human and natural communities.
In Pennsylvania communities don't have the legal right to prohibit activity that is permitted at the state level, and trying to prohibit where drilling operations can occur through zoning isn't entirely effective as fracking drills horizontally through the rock, away from the actual drilling rig site.
Read more: Licking Township, Pennsylvania Declares Freedom From Fracking
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