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Faced With a Fracking Giant, This Small Town Just Legalized Civil Disobedience | Culture of Awareness

Culture of Awareness shares how a small town in Pennsylvania legalized civil disobedience in order to fight fracking. It’s only one of the tricks in their bag. Noticing some states around the country have overturned local fracking bans, they have taken several proactive measures…

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • The toxic stuff will get into the underground water no matter what they promise. Seems we have(and always have had) the ruthless exploitative capitalism about which Karl Marx protested.

  • “… Grant Township planned ahead. Two weeks ago, it passed a law that protects its residents from arrest if they protest Pennsylvania General Energy Company’s (PGE) creation of an injection well.

    Residents believe this law is the first in the United States to legalize nonviolent civil disobedience against toxic wastewater injection wells. Township Supervisor Stacy Long said. ‘We’re doing it to safeguard the residents and protect as many people as possible,’ she said.

    Long said legalizing direct action is a response to the ongoing problem of rural residents seeing their voices excluded from discussions between state governments and big corporations on issues that have local ramifications.”


    • Yes, BRAVO! It’s satisfying to see the little guys outsmart the big shots. I hope to see other communities model this strategy – on a variety of issues.

      • It was enabled by Pennsylvania’s decision to allow local communities to write their own rules governing fracking (New York went further by implementing a statewide ban). Two other states went in the opposite direction (Texas and Colorado, I think) by preempting such local control over fracking.

        On other issues, activism through municipal ordinances is in a state of flux. Cities like Seattle have been successful in raising the minimum wage, for example. In the South, local gender/sexual equality measures have been squashed by conservative state governments. Similarly, local anti-LGBT efforts have faced strong opposition from the federal government.

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