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Teleconference: Using Municipal Zoning to Limit or Ban Fracking in California Communities

In April 2014, Earthjustice hosted a teleconference with legal experts to discuss options available to California communities that want to limit or ban fracking and other methods of oil and gas development.

Read the audio transcript.


Deborah Goldberg, Earthjustice: Deborah Goldberg is Managing Attorney of the Northeast Office of Earthjustice, the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization. Earthjustice is defending the Town of Dryden in an oil and gas industry lawsuit challenging the community’s fracking ban.

Helen Slottje, Community Environmental Defense Council: Helen Slottje is co-founder of Community Environmental Defense Council which has worked with communities all over New York State to pass local fracking bans. More than 170 communities in New York now have local bans or moratoriums on the books, thanks in large part to the work of CEDC. In April 2014, she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work on this issue.

Heather M. Minner, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger: Heather M. Minner is an attorney with Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger where she represents environmental and community groups to protect open space across California from proposed development projects. She has drafted numerous ballot measures including local initiatives to ban fracking and other high-intensity oil and gas operations.

Rachel B. Hooper, Shute Mihaly & Weinberger: Rachel B. Hooper is Managing Partner at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger. An expert in election law, Ms. Hooper has drafted and defended land use initiatives on behalf of community groups and local governments, and has prepared numerous referenda challenging local legislative approvals.

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Managing Attorney Deborah Goldberg of the Northeast regional office discusses Earthjustice's work to protect communities and special places from fracking.

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