MANSFIELD — “Law Director John Spon says Mansfield’s proposed environmental bill of rights, if approved by voters, would represent ‘the true voice of the people.’
…Spon says that language would help bolster Mansfield’s legal right to protect itself against potential pollution.
The proposed charter amendment says:
- Property rights in groundwater underlying privately owned land shall not be held in trust by government, except with the landowner’s consent.
- Mansfield residents have a right to self-government, sustainable water and clean air.
- No person or corporation may inject or store fracking water, brine or other materials from shale energy development in Mansfield without obtaining council’s written consent.”
— Linda Martz, Mansfield Journal