Mount Shasta, Calif. —
The Mount Shasta City Council tonight will be considering an ordinance that would prohibit cloud seeding and bulk water extraction by corporations, according to a recent press release from the Mount Shasta Community Rights Project.
The release states that the ordinance has enough voter signatures to be adopted as law by the council at tonight’s meeting or to be ratified by voters in the November elections.
The ordinance, titled the “City of Mt. Shasta Community Water Rights and Self-Government Ordinance,” will be promoted by Thomas Linzey, executive director and founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, and Kirsten Moller, executive director from the group Global Exchange.
The ordinance reads in part, “Another purpose of this Ordinance is to recognize and protect the inalienable rights of the natural environment of Mt. Shasta, including the right to exist and flourish, free from damage caused by alteration of natural water systems and cycles or introduction of toxic and potentially toxic substances. Disturbing natural water cycles, including rainfall, the recharging of aquifers, and interfering with access to water by human and natural communities are explicit prohibitions imposed by this Ordinance, to protect Rights.
“A further purpose of this Ordinance is to recognize that it is an inviolate, fundamental, and inalienable right of each person residing within Mt. Shasta to be free from involuntary invasions of their bodies by the application of corporate chemicals into the environment as a result of the violation of the provisions of this Ordinance.”
The full ordinance can be read at www.shastacommons.org . The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Shasta Community Center, 629 Alder St.