350 people attended Wednesday evening's public meeting about Home Rule in Martic Township. That's roughly one in every seven township residents. The massive turnout is a indicator of just how big of an issue the pipeline and Home Rule are in southern Lancaster County. Read on for a recap of the meeting from Martic SOUL (Save Our Unspoiled Land):Read more
"Concerned Martic residents have spent the past 14 months intensively researching ways that our local community can better determine our own future, protect ourselves from unwanted & dangerous industrial projects like the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, and have a greater say in our own township affairs.
Tonight our township supervisors are hosting a public forum entitled “What does home rule mean to me?” Aware that our supervisors have, so far, publicly expressed opposition to Home Rule for Martic—and also aware that strict guidelines for public comment have been placed on tonight’s meeting—township residents have compiled the following public list of questions we’d like to see addressed tonight.Read more
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Contact: Lancaster Against Pipelines 717.974.3095
Pro-Home Rule Conestoga Resident arrested for speaking during public meeting
Conestoga Township supervisors ordered police officers to arrest Conestoga resident Kim Kann during a public meeting Tuesday evening at the Conestoga Fire Hall. Kann was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after speaking in response to the Supervisors’ presentation on Home Rule.Read more
It costs residents a lot of money to defend their community in court.
The challenges to Martic & Conestoga's Home Rule petitions were overturned today in Lancaster County Court.
Home Rule will be on the May Ballot in Conestoga and Martic!
Judge Joe Madenspacher made the ruling today, and defendants received the news via their attorney. On Friday, 70 Lancaster residents were in Lancaster County Court watching the proceedings. The challenge to residents' Home Rule petitions was filed by Barabara Stokes and Drue Miles. Both Miles and Stokes are connected to current township supervisors and Republican party leadership.Read more
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March 24, 2015 - Press Advisory
Lancaster Residents to Pack Courthouse In Support of Home Rule Campaigns
Lancaster residents wrote letters, made phone calls, and spoke with Delaware Nation officials upon hearing that they had endorsed the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. This public pressure caused the officials to retract their support of the pipeline! When we stand up, we are strong!Read more
by Ashley Mellinger - Martic Township
Monday March 10, 2015, local residents of Martic Township joined together for a town hall meeting organized by the non profit community activist group Martic SOUL (Save Our Unspoiled Land). Martic SOUL has been actively educating and raising awareness throughout the community in efforts to stop the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, that is slated to run through Lancaster County.Read more
There are two weeks left to visit Lancaster County artist Robert Lowing's photographic exhibit on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline and fracking. His visceral photos reveal the impact of fracking on counties in northern PA, and document the stories of Lancaster County landowners fighting to stop the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline.Read more
Conestoga Township supervisor, Becky Miles' husband Drue Miles and Barabara Stokes from Martic Township have filed a challenge to both Martic and Conestoga's Home Rule application that was submitted to the Board of Elections in February.Read more
In an Op-Ed with LNP today, Emily Weinstock-Collins announced a campaign for Home Rule in Martic Township. Home Rule is a form of direct-democracy governance that townships in Pennsylvania may choose to use, rather than a traditional second-class township structure.
"The unjust and unethical system still needs to be challenged for the sake of our community as well as for communities all over the country that are exploited and sacrificed for the benefit of corporate America. "Read more