Coalition Supports Oil and Gas Industry

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Supporters of a fracking ban charter amendment gave their views at a shale seminar on Friday.

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?div_id=videoplayer-1365206689&height=510&page_count=5&pf_id=9627&va_id=4007432&width=480&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=480 height=510 div_id=videoplayer-1365206689 type=script]It’s not often that lawyers, presidents of companies and state senators all agree on something, but members of the newly formed Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth and Investment  are taking a united front when it comes to legislation on Youngstown’s May primary ballot.

“As a lawyer and looking at this charter amendment, this is a very bad law,” said a local attorney.

That law is the Community Bill of Rights. Supporters say it protects “inalienable” rights to clean air and water, and also aims at stopping new horizontal fracking and injection wells  within the city , Meandor Reservoir and Mill Creek park area.

Supporters gave their views at a shale drilling conference in Warren.

“We live in Youngstown. We have to live there. We have to breathe our air, we have to live on our land, we have to drink our water. No matter what kind of  jobs come in, yeah we want jobs, we need to live to do the jobs,” said supporter Lynn Anderson.

The coalition credits the work that was put into the Community Bill of Rights, but said it puts the community in jeopardy of missing out of the opportunities that come with the oil and gas industry.

“We also thing that it definitely sends the wrong message to the industry that we are not interested in being open for business,” said Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber President Tom Humphries.

“The other side of that coin is if communities and businesses from all over the country  see what happens here  in Youngstown, let’s say those green businesses out there see what we did here in Youngstown, it’s quite possible that we will attract  the green jobs,” said Community Bill of Rights supporter John Williams.

Both sides stand behind their view on the issue and with just weeks to go before the May primary, they’re encouraging voters in Youngstown to know the facts.

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