Sheehy Announces Opposition to Oil Drilling Waste Posted on May 31, 2018 "State Rep. Michael Shelly decried the passage of House Bill 393 in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee last Tuesday, which would allow waste from oil and gas operations to be sold for snow and ice removal on roads and driveways."
Radium again found in Allegheny River and Tributaries Posted on January 21, 2018 Sediment from Allegheny River and two Indiana County creeks contain high levels of radioactivity downstream from where treated wastewater from conventional gas well drilling operations is discharged.
Supreme Court decision Posted on September 22, 2017 Supreme Court decision regarding the Medina County Charter initiative
The Latest Red Flag for U.S. Shale Posted on September 1, 2017 Growing number of reports suggest that the industry is facing much more financial trouble than many analysts had expected - investors bailing on U.S. Shale?
Corporate State says DEMOCRACY is too EXPENSIVE Posted on August 19,2017 Cost of corporate state vs. "cost" of democracy: State acted on behalf of industry, passing HB463 to render meaningless the right to initiative, and our elected provide corporate welfare ("subsidies"). The oil/gas industry has received almost $5 billion dollars annually in subsidies from the government (the people) since 1918.
Elections board doesn’t certify county charter petitions Posted on July 16, 2017 The Medina County Board of Elections did not certify petitions with 6,494 signatures of registered voters supporting the placement of a county charter on the Nov. 7th ballot. John Welker voted for it and Pamela Miller, Sharon Ray and Jim Cray voted to keep it off the ballot.
NEXUS foes try charter again Posted on July 1, 2017 Members of Sustainable Medina County delivered petitions containing 6,494 signatures to the Medina County Board of Elections in support of putting a County Charter initiative on the November ballot.
Community Rights Ordinance saved Nottingham's water - Document not Found. Posted on June 20, 2017 "We have a democracy crisis in our country and the question is will We the People stand up to huge corporations and the politicians that they "influence" to reclaim our right to community self-determination?
The Rover Pipeline: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Briefing Posted on June 7, 2017 The Rover pipeline will lead to annual emissions of nearly 145 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent - equivalent to adding 42 coal-fired power plants or over 30 million passenger vehicles.
The Reluctant Radical Posted on April 5, 2017 Trailer for soon to be released documentary film about climate activist Ken Ward putting himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to fulfill personal obligation to future generations
Mysterious leak near Porterville Compressor Station, NY Posted on March 31, 2017 Gas Leak at or near Elma Compressor Station - residents alarmed by smell of gas and told to evacuate NEXUS will not be odorizing the gas (except for the last 20 miles of the pipeline). Residents in communities along the NEXUS pipeline route and in the blast zone and near the compressor stations will not be able to smell a gas leak. The Ohio EPA will not be monitoring the NEXUS pipeline/compressor station. Question: Do the Medina County Fire Departments have appropriate air quality detect...
NEXUS payments investigated Posted on March 4, 2017 Medina County officials looking into allegations that NEXUS has not been paying a state-mandated transfer fee on property acquired from local landowners.
Relator’s Motion for Reconsideration Denied Posted on September 16, 2016 Court denied Motion. ( See Press Release posting where Justice O'Neill disagrees with Court's decision of disallowing the initiative petitions on the ballot saying: "This is a usurpation of power from the people that we should not indulge." He further claimed that Husted did not have the power to veto the charter petitions on behalf of the oil and gas industry ....
Green World Rising Posted on July 7, 2016 "By harnessing the elements: the sun, wind and waters, we can move away from our dependence on fossil fuels, decentralize and create a sustainable economy that will support our modern civilization long into the future."
PSE Health Energy Science Summary – The potential impacts of shale gas and oil development on children as a vulnerable population-- Not Found Posted on June 22, 2016 Impacts of shale gas and oil development, including pipelines and compressor stations, on children
Medina County Auditor – devalued property Posted on May 17, 2015 Mike Kovack, Medina County Auditor, submitted to FERC on May 13, 2015 a letter regarding the Nexus pipeline and devalued property. Link to Letter: Auditor Michael Kovack-tax devalue ltr
Proposed charter aims to address pipeline projects in Medina County – The Medina County Gazette - Not Found Posted on April 19, 2015 A group of Medina County residents are hoping to make it the first in the state to create a new county charter through a ballot initiative. Sustainable Medina County is launching a petition campaign to create a charter that would include a community bill of rights aimed at preventing projects such as the proposed 36-inch NEXUS gas pipeline to be constructed across 20 miles in Medina County. “I think we have a really strong group in Sustainable Medina County,” said Kathie Jones, of Sharon Township. “We’re really hoping we can do this, and we’re getting a lot of support.” The group needs to collect 4,900 signatures by June 24, and said they would work to build community support in the coming weeks. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sustainable Medina County will hold a community kick-off meeting at the Medina County Library, 210 S. Broadway St., Medina. The event will include a discussion with attorney Terry Lodge, who will lead a discussion on the NEXUS pipeline, residents’ rights and health and safety issues. “He’s an environmental attorney with many years of experience,” Jones said. “He’s going to provide detail about what we’re planning to do with the county charter.” Sustainable Medina County has partnered with the Ohio Community Rights Network and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) to help draft the language of the petition to create a charter. Tish O’Dell serves as a coordinator for the Ohio Community Rights Network and as the Ohio organizer for the CELDF. She said the charter proposal in Medina County is the first of its kind in the state. “We’ve researched and, according to the state constitution, you can draft a county charter. It’s just never been done before by the people,” she said. She said there are other communities in Ohio that are considering creating a charter and drafting a similar bill of rights and they’re looking to Medina County to see how the process works here. O’Dell said the petition is one of the only tools local grassroots groups have to fight against proposals for the pipeline and other petroleum-industry projects, such as drilling wells. “The pipelines come in and say you can’t stop this deal, they bully us with intimidation and lawsuits, and they can hire more attorneys than us,” she said. “But this is about the community being able to assert their rights to be protected from harm.” O’Dell said the proposed petition would not disrupt the current government structure and would keep county elected positions in place, but it would add a citizens’ bill of rights to the county government. “It gives us the right to protect our water and our air,” O’Dell said. The community rights movement is growing, said Emilie Judy of Montville Township. Judy said more people are looking for ways to protect their properties from the oil and gas industry. “We have an inalienable right to protect the places where we live, and Medina County residents are working to codify that right in our county charter,” she said. The formal language for the petition is scheduled to be posted on the group’s website, http://sustainablemediacounty.org. The group hopes to get the initiative placed on the county ballot in November.