20 science faculty support charter amendment

Community Bill of Rights anti-fracking issue

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Twenty science faculty at Youngstown State University have joined together to endorse the Youngstown Charter Amendment (Community Bill of Rights) to ban fracking and injection wells within the city.

Spearheaded by geology professor Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, the professors coming from scientific disciplines including hydrology, biology, chemistry, and physics, among others, have added their name to a list of supporters of the Youngstown Charter Ammendment that will appear on Tuesday’s ballot. A list of faculty is listed below.

The group believes shale gas development in northeastern Ohio will come with “major environmental and health risks,” according to a prepared statement from the professors. The group says recent earthquakes in the area resulting from hydraulic fracturing is just one risk to the environment. Chemicals used in the process and other biological issues are also concerns.

Youngstown Mayor John McNally and many other city officials are against the charter amendment, saying it is too far-reaching and would prevent companies that process gas or work in the shale industry from setting up shop within city limits.

Amendment to appear for the third time

Youngstown State University faculty publicly supporting the Youngstown Charter Amendment:

  • Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer – PhD Geology
  • Dr. Isam Amin – PhD Hydrogeology
  • Dr. James Andrews – PhD Physics
  • Dr. Felicia Armstrong – PhD Soil Science
  • Dr. Tom Diggins – PhD Aquatic Ecology
  • Dr Diana Fagan – PhD Biology
  • Dr. John Jackson – PhD Chemistry
  • Dr Carl Johnston – PhD Biology
  • Dr. Patricia Johnston – PhD Aquatic Ecology
  • Dr Johanna Krontiris-Litowitz – PhD Biology
  • Dr Heather Lorimer PhD Biology
  • Dr. Sherri Lovelace-Cameron – PhD Chemistry
  • Dr. Howard Mettee – PhD Chemistry
  • Dr. Peter Norris – PhD Chemistry
  • Dr. Ian Renne – PhD Biology
  • Dr. Lauren Schroeder – PhD Biology
  • Mr. Tim Styranec – MSc Chemistry
  • Mr. Robert Wardle – MSc Chemistry
  • Dr. Mark Womble – PhD Biology
  • Dr. Matt Zeller – PhD Chemistry
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