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The Columbus Community Bill of Rights

Columbus Residents are working to ensure safe drinking water, clean air, and safe soil in the City of Columbus.

THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE COLUMBUS COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?

The Campaign Continues!

Columbus Community Bill of Rights meets all city and state requirements to get on the ballot

  • August 24, 2018: Franklin County Board of Elections denies the CCBOR
  • August 28, 2018: CCBOR files complaint with the Ohio Supreme Court
  • September 14, 2018: Ohio Supreme Court rejects CCBOR's complaint
  • September 17, 2018: CCBOR files a motion to reconsider with the Ohio Supreme Court

LET THE PEOPLE VOTE! LET THE PEOPLE VOTE! LET THE PEOPLE VOTE!

The Campaign Continues!

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THE DETAILS

On September 14th, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected the peoples’ arguments that the Franklin County Board of Elections (BOE) had violated the rights of the people to legislate directly by initiative and sided with the BOE to keep the Columbus Community Bill of Rights off the November ballot. CCBOR filed a motion to reconsider the decision on September 17th. On August 24, the Board of Elections had refused to place the Columbus Community Bill of Rights on the ballot for the November 6, 2018 general election, even though more than 12,000 valid signatures were gathered and Columbus City Council had unanimously passed an ordinance instructing the BOE to put the CCBOR on the ballot.

Columbus City Council approved the measure to advance to the ballot on July 30, 2018. The BOE used HB 463 to justify their rejection a recent piece of legislation that takes direct aim at stopping Community Rights initiatives from advancing to the ballot, and goes against 104 years of precedent that protected citizen initiative from governmental interference.

The citizen-led Columbus Community Bill of Rights restores Columbus citizens’ rights to protect their water, air and soil from frack waste in central Ohio. WHY? Because we're all downstream. Watch the video to learn more.

#NotAnotherFlint - Columbus, Ohio - We're All Downstream

Our Work

Columbus Residents are working to ensure safe drinking water, clean air, and safe soil in the City of Columbus.

There are 13 injection wells in the Columbus Area water supply, where radioactive and toxic liquid waste from unconventional natural gas extraction (shale gas, hydrofracking), is being injected into the earth, with great potential for migration into our water supply.

Within the City of Columbus, on the banks of the Alum Creek, the Ohio EPA has permitted potentially highly radioactive shale gas solid waste to be processed, and "beneficially" used, without any required radioactive testing.

In Ohio, State agencies have complete jurisdiction over Oil and Gas permits to Drill and Dispose the liquid and solid hazardous Waste. At the same time, Columbus residents have No say in what the State permits in their own backyard.

The Columbus Community Bill of Rights is a change to the legislative language of the City of Columbus. This rights-based language will give Columbus residents Local Control over the extraction of hydrocarbons; and protect the unalienable rights for Pure Water, Clean Air, and Safe Soil, free from "toxins, carcinogens, radioactive substances, and other substances known to cause harm to health", in the City of Columbus.

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Resources

Learn more about our effort to ensure safe drinking water, clean air, and safe soil in the City of Columbus.

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Help Out

JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT MEETING

We have organizing meetings most every week, on Monday evenings at 7:00pm.

If interested in attending or for more information, please contact
info@columbusbillofrights.org

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Events

To learn more about upcoming events, visit our events page where you can sign up for petitioning, sign our petition, and learn more about our issue.

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