Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Banning Corporate Personhood: How Communities Are Taking the Law Back from Big Companies

 Ben Price of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund explains how communities can fight corporate power with a new legal weapon.

These last few days for gas drilling news  in New York as been critical and a new level of urgency has been reached as the country watches how New York defines and decides its fate, the future of its famous unfiltered water supply, and communities in the directly impacted regions, whether for or against drilling are forging ahead to determine their immediate future and that for future generations.

 It's coming down to Home Rule and self-determination as a way to protect municipalities from frackingAs the Department of Environmental Conservation   (DEC) releases New Recommendations for Drilling in New York explained in the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) released a few days ago, environmental groups, like Catskill Mountainkeeper  are calling for a statewide ban   and municipalities organize to decide the fate of their towns.