Community and Environmental Rights in Pennsylvania: Presented by Linzey from Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Posted on 3/4/2016 12:21:36 PM

Is a corporation’s right to inject toxic waste greater, and more important, than a community’s right to govern itself and protect its water supply? A community in Indiana County, Grant Township, is joining a nationwide movement to reject corporate control of their land and resources. Come learn more on March 31 at 6:00 p.m. in room 126 of the new Humanities and Social Sciences building.

When the EPA issued a permit for a Class II injection well to dispose of waste water from hydraulic fracturing in their community, residents resisted by adopting a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance that secures community rights to local self-governance and to clean air and water. As a result of this ordinance, a multimillion-dollar energy corporation is suing Grant Township for violating the U.S. constitution and their rights of corporate personhood.

CELDF, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, is a nonprofit law firm working with Grant Township and a growing number of communities across the state and nation as they spearhead a movement to establish rights for people and nature over the systems that control them.

On Thursday, March 31, you are invited to a free public presentation by the executive director of CELDF, Thomas Linzey, to hear more about the growing struggles of Pennsylvania communities in protecting their environments from industrial waste and pollution. Linzey has been featured in the New York Times, Mother Jones, the Nation, and, in 2007, was named one of Forbes Magazine's “Top Ten Revolutionaries.”

This event is cosponsored by the IUP Sustainability Studies program, the Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, and the Planning Student Organization. Community sponsors include the Indiana County League of Women Voters, the Center for Community Growth, and the East Run Hellbenders.

This event will be held on March 31 at 6:00 p.m. in room 126 of the new Humanities building at IUP.