Water is a common resource- it belongs to people!

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Water is a common resource- it belongs to people!

Postby HVPA_research » Sun May 22, 2011 11:23 pm

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Link to this page:http://forum.huntervalleyprotectionalliance.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=328

This letter was received by HVPA today. We are archiving it here for future reference because it contains some valuable insights and a possible way ahead. NO ORGANISATION SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DAMAGE CLEAN WATER, AIR, SOIL, HEALTH AND PROPERTY VALUES OF THE LOCAL RESIDENTS. This prohibition should include coal and gas mining corporations.

Fyi….

in the United States over 20 communities have drafted and adopted municipal ordinances to help protect local ecosystems from industries such as coal mining, water bottling and gas drilling (fracking).

In 2008 the township of Barnstead , New Hampshire adopted an ordinance that reads: “Natural communities and ecosystems possess inalienable and fundamental rights to exist and flourish within the Town of Barnstead. Ecosystems shall include, but not be limited to, wetlands, streams, rivers, aquifers, and other water systems.

Section 4. Statement of Law. No corporation or syndicate shall engage in water withdrawals in the Town
of Barnstead. The term “corporation” means any corporation organized under the laws of any state of
the United States or any country. The term “syndicate” includes any limited partnership, limited liability
partnership, business trust, or Limited Liability Company organized under the laws of any state of the
United States or any country. The term “engage” shall include, but not be limited to, the physical
extraction of water, and the buying and/or selling of water extracted within the Town of Barnstead.

We the people of Barnstead declare that all of our water is held in the public trust as a common
resource to be used for the benefit of Barnstead residents and of the natural ecosystems of which they
are a part. We believe that the corporatization of water supplies in this community – placing the control
of water in the hands of a corporate few, rather than the community – would constitute tyranny and
usurpation; and that we are therefore duty bound, under the New Hampshire Constitution, to oppose
such tyranny and usurpation. That same duty requires us to recognize that two centuries’ worth of
governmental conferral of constitutional powers upon corporations has deprived people of the
authority to govern their own communities, and requires us to take affirmative steps to remedy that
usurpation of governing power.

“These developments were mirrored at the level of constitutional law in the Republic of Ecuador when in 2007 Ecuador began the process of drafting a new constitution.Like many other third world countries, Ecuador has experienced its share of environmental disasters. In 1995, Texaco (a subsidiary of Chevron) dumped nearly 60 million litres of oil and 75 billion gallons of waste into 7,000 hectares of pristine forest. In addition to the environmental impacts, local indigenous groups have claimed that the dumping has resulted in higher rates of cancer and miscarriages.

In September 2008, an overwhelming majority of citizens approved the new constitution and Ecuador became the first country in the world to codify the rights of nature in their constitution. This year a court in Ecuador fined Chevron US$8.6bn for the dumping.

Following Ecuador, the president of the Bolivian Senate’s Commission on Land, Territory, Natural Resources and Environment, Julio Salazar, introduced on April 20 this year a Law of Mother Earth, which would officially enshrine the ‘rights of nature’ in Bolivian law.
Warwick Giblin, FEIANZ
Managing Director
OzEnvironmental Pty Ltd
Delivering true progress
Ph 0419 271 819

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