Click here to see some of what was discussed and new information presented to residents at a community informational meeting at local library.
Attend a Public Presentation
WHEN: APRIL 4, 2016
WHERE: North Royalton Library, 5071 Wallings Road, North Royalton
TIME: 7:00 PM
- Learn about recent medical, economic and scientific studies regarding the impacts of drilling in our neighborhoods.
Joanne M. Belovich, Ph.D. Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, CSU
Susie Beiersdorfer, MS Youngstown State, BS Geology University of California
- Get updates on recent court decisions.
Broadview Hts. is OUR community and OUR home.
Let’s not wait until disaster strikes…GET EDUCATED, GET INVOLVED!
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Who knew Broadview Heights residents would have so much in common with the Dutch people…
The 886 citizens involved in the class action against the Dutch government aim to force it to take more robust action to reduce emissions. They also hope to offer a legal solution to the political impasse on international climate change action.
Dennis van Berkel, who works for Urgenda, said: “We wanted to show that this is not just one organisation that had an idea but it’s a broad movement of people who are very concerned about climate change and believe it’s necessary to sue the state over it.
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Acclaimed ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber discusses the need for meaningful reform of toxics regulation and why extreme energy extraction must end.
Sandra Steingraber is an acclaimed ecologist and author of the new book, Raising Elijah, which takes a personal yet scientific look at the abundant human exposure to toxic chemicals. She believes that we can both reform toxics regulation and stop climate change by getting off of dirty fossil fuels.
Sandra spoke with Kari Birdseye, national press secretary at Earthjustice in November of 2012.
Residents of Ohio need to take note…let’s learn from the devastation the residents of Pennsylvania have expeienced due to drilling and fracking in their neighborhoods. Ohio is not exempt from this.
“People we met in Pennsylvania were desperate to tell their stories to New Yorkers, to warn them about what’s coming,” says Patti Wood, executive director of Grassroots Environmental Education who produced the spots. “There are still people out there who think this is about money and jobs. They have no concept of how fracking can tear families and communities apart. We felt is was only fair that New Yorkers hear it from people who are living through it.”
(November 6, 2012, Broadview Heights, OH) Today, with a presidential election and a historic City Charter Amendment (Issue 29) before them, voters in Broadview Heights, Ohio came out in record numbers to say overwhelmingly YES (YES 6190 – NO 3176) to adoption of a Community Bill of Rights banning corporations from conducting new gas and oil drilling and related activities in their City. A similar Charter Amendment was also adopted by voters in Mansfield, Ohio by a wide margin. It also adds a Community Bill of Rights to the City Charter and prohibits injection wells without written City approval.
The Broadview Heights charter amendment was drafted by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) at the invitation of the community group Mothers Against Drilling In Our Neighborhoods (MADION), a group of citizens concerned about the potential effects of gas and oil drilling on their families and the environment.
Broadview Heights is the first municipality in the state of Ohio to not only include a local Bill of Rights in the City Charter, but to protect those rights by prohibiting all new gas and oil drilling, fracking and injection wells.
“The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection produces incomplete lab reports and uses them to dismiss complaints that Marcellus Shale gas development operations have contaminated residential water supplies and made people sick, according to court documents.”
“In her deposition, Ms. Upadhyay said the DEP’s laboratory tests water samples for a full battery of contaminants but — at the direction of the department’s Office of Oil and Gas Management — limits the number of contaminants reported to the property owner. The omissions include heavy metals, including lithium, cobalt, chromium, boron and titanium, some of which are human carcinogens or toxics, as well as volatile organic compounds that are associated with hydraulic fracturing fluids.’
“Those metals, found in the 450-million-year-old shale layer a mile or more underneath most of Pennsylvania, are “marker” Marcellus contaminants that should be part of any well water testing, said John Smith, an attorney with Smith Butz, a firm representing eight people in the Washington County case against Range Resources and 12 of its subcontractors. The plaintiffs claim they face serious health problems and increased cancer risk due to exposure to toxic chemicals in their air and well water near Range’s Yeager drill site in Amwell.”
Issue 29 in Broadview Heights will send a message to state officials, oil and gas corporations: Endorsement
“This issue is a small step towards telling the state’s elected officials that there is no place for urban oil and gas drilling. It decreases property values, it creates a potentially unsafe environment for residents and as we have seen in this city and others it divides the community.”
For these reasons we feel voters should vote YES on Issue 29,Sun Star Courier, October 25, 2012