Anti-fracking amendment defeated again

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – For the fourth time in two years, Youngstown voters defeated a charter amendment that would have banned fracking within the city limits.

Supporters of the measure included members of Frack Free Mahoning Valley, as well as a contingent of Youngstown State University professors. Opponents included the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, members of city council and many local unions.

The measure was defeated by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent, which amounted to about 2,000 votes. That is about the same margin of defeat as the past three tries.

It is unknown if supporters of the amendment will try again.

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