Fracking ban heading to ballot for 4th time

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Could the fourth time be a charm for an anti-fracking committee?

The Community Bill of Rights Committee is again trying to approve a charter amendment to ban fracking in Youngstown. Their goal is to get 1,800 signatures on a petition so the measure can be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The deadline to submit charter amendments for the ballot is Sept. 5.

The committee is just as adamant to get the amendment on the ballot as they were in the past.

“But we want this law on the books so we don’t have to keep hiring lawyers to protect our drinking water. We can’t lose our drinking water. Look at Toledo losing their drinking water because of corporations, factory farms, polluting the lake and causing an algae bloom that went right in the water intake valves,” Lynn Anderson of Frack Free Mahoning Valley said.

Voters have defeated the charter amendment three times, with the most recent defeat in the May primary.

“It is unbelievable that Youngstown citizens must vote again on this ill-conceived charter amendment aimed at driving jobs and companies out of Youngstown. Those pushing this amendment have finally admitted that this is not really about ‘fracking,’ which is not occurring in Youngstown and the city has no authority to regulate. It is about a radical anti-development, anti-business agenda aimed at controlling all business operations in Youngstown. This is a dangerous amendment that, if passed, would place a ‘closed for business’ sign on our community. We are starting to see real economic progress from the combined efforts of our government, business, community and labor leaders, and this charter amendment could put an end to that progress,” Regional Chamber President Tom Humphries said in an emailed statement from the Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth and Investment.

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