Fracking bill could get another ballot run

Community Bill of Rights

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Supporters who want to pass a Community Bill of Rights in Youngstown are trying to get the issue back on the ballot in November.

The issue failed to garner enough votes in the May primary by 56 to 43 percent. Supporter Susie Beiersdorfer and others in favor of the measure said they are in for the long haul.

“One defeat, it’s like a baseball game. You know you lost an inning, but there’s still innings left,” said Beiersdorfer.

One of those innings will be the November election. But to get the issue on the ballot, supporters need 1,562 signatures. According to Beiersdorfer, supporters have about 1,000.

The proposal would ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits. Some of the wording has been changed in the new version of the measure to protect manufacturers, but those against the measure said the proposal covers much more than fracking and it would ban companies that manufacture pipe and other equipment. The proposal also seeks to ban brine and other oilfield waste injection wells in the city and outlaws businesses related to the shale drilling industry.

“Other than some reorganization of the margins, it’s identical word for word,” said Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth Attorney Alan Wenger.

At the same time supporters are going door to door in support of the Bill of Rights, Jaladah Aslam and the Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth is urging Youngstown voters to say no again.

“The voters said no when we explained it to them,” said Aslam. “We’re asking the voters to please say no when they shove that petition in your face.”

If the Community Bill of Rights gets the required signatures, it will go to the clerk of council then to the Board of Elections for verification and back to the city 60 days prior to the November election.

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