In our last issue of Freshwater Voices, we reported on the efforts of MADION, Mothers Against Drilling In Our Neighborhoods, located in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Since then, they have successfully circulated an initiative petition to place a Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment on the November ballot. The City Council voted 6-0 to allow the Initiative to move forward to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
The Community Bill of Rights states that residents have a right to clean air, clean water, clean soil and a right to a sustainable energy future. It also would prohibit any new drilling for oil/gas in the City of Broadview Heights if passed by the residents in the November election. The City currently has almost 90 active oil/gas wells interspersed throughout its 13 square miles of residential neighborhoods, including wells and storage tanks located on some properties as close as 100 feet from homes. This petition is an attempt by residents to gain a measure of protection for their homes and families.
“We are grateful that City Council has taken action to allow us to move forward with this ballot issue to better secure the safety and property rights of our residents,” said Tish O’Dell, MADION co-founder. Reflecting on the recent goals accomplished by the group, Tish said “Freshwater Future has been an invaluable resource to MADION by providing both factual information and financial resources in the form of a grant to forward our goals in our community to protect our rights and our environment.” We look forward to hearing the results in November!