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City should take into account the hazards of shale gas development

Published: Sun, October 7, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

City should take into account the hazards of shale gas development

Based on evidence from other regions in the U.S. and overseas, shale gas development in northeastern Ohio will come with major environmental and health risks

As members of the community we recommend the Youngstown City Council to not lease the mineral rights of city property. We also strongly recommend that the city of Youngstown join other cities (such as Pittsburgh and Cincinnati) and ban fracking and fracking waste.

This ban should remain in effect at least until companies are required to clean their used fracking water before returning it to the natural source from which it came.

Collectively, the 12 signatories represent 155 years of higher education and professional experience.

Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, PhD, professor in the Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences at Youngstown State University and 11 others.

Dr. Isam Amin, PhD, Hydrogeology; Dr. James Andrews, PhD, Physics; Dr. Felicia Armstrong, PhD, Environmental Science; Dr. Tom Diggins, PhD, Aquatic Ecology; Dr. John Jackson, PhD, Chemistry; Dr. Carl Johnston, PhD, Biology; Patricia Johnston, MSc Env. Sci, PhD Candidate Ecology; Dr. Sherri Lovelace-Cameron, PhD, Chemistry; Dr. Howard Mettee. PhD, Chemistry; Dr. Peter Norris, PhD, Chemistry; Tim Styranec, MSc, Chemistry.

Passion for politics, fear of Obama

I have followed the politi- cal scene for a long time. I am what you might call a news/political junkie. I know a lot about the candidates, both Democrat and Republican, both in the White House and Congress. I have been both angry and frustrated. Many times I have wanted to smash the television, radio and move to another country. Some folks might think I’m silly or maybe just crazy to allow it to get to me that much. However, I love my country that much and God more.

You see, I don’t understand why anyone would choose to vote for someone who condones abortion, gay marriage, dishonesty, disregarding our Constitution, going against what the people of our country want, putting us in such dire straits that we may never recover, disrespecting our wonderful military, etc. The list goes on and on. Make no mistake about who is responsible. Barack Obama. The buck truly does stop at his desk.

I am a conservative and a Republican. I fully admit that our party has not always fought for righteousness. We the voters didn’t always watch what they were doing. We are all to blame for the condition our country is in. I hope it isn’t too late.

I have only two questions for you who will still vote for Mr. Obama on election day. Considering the condition our wonderful country is in and all the lost homes, people out of work, people on welfare, food stamps, etc., why? Do you like living in poverty?

Please think long and hard before you make your decision on Election Day. Our children’s and grandchildren’s future depends on it.

Margaret Henning, Youngstown

Stopping unfair trade is key

President Obama’s announce- ment that his administration is filing a new case with the World Trade Organization, challenging China’s illegal trade and subsidies of autos and auto parts, shows what is at stake for Ohio in this election. President Obama knows what is important for the future of American workers and his leadership is making a difference.

American manufacturers are coming back. They’ve created half a million new jobs over the past two and a half years — 10 percent of them here in Ohio. The auto industry leads the way with cars proudly stamped “Made in America.” The president has set a concrete goal of creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016, and he’s outlined a clear plan to achieve it. He’ll end tax deductions for companies shipping jobs overseas, and use the savings to create a new tax credit for companies bringing jobs home.

Romney would do the opposite. Right when American manufacturers are starting to bring jobs back to our shores, he would eliminate taxes on foreign profits. That would encourage companies to create jobs in other countries instead of here at home. Romney’s plan would create 800,000 jobs in other countries, including China. Romney’s plan is a throwback to the same top-down policies that sent jobs to China and helped make Romney a multimillionaire in the first place — and we can’t afford to go back to it. Romney’s economic philosophy is simple, and won’t change – profits over people, even if that means Americans lose their jobs.

Ann E. Kurz, Canfield


1Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The Kurz letter sounds canned, which Obama hack around here wrote it I wonder.

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2redeye1(4986 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Kurz That thing that BO sent to the WTO was jusst a joke on his behalf. You see he knows that they won't do anything about it until after the election. If he was trully for this country why did he wait so long to file his complaint? He did it to make him look at election time.that's why he filed it now.

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3Briscoe(14 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The aforementioned academic elitists live their lives in the sheltered world of universities. In the real world where the rest of us reside, people realize that all rewards in life come with some degree of risk. The fact is that for the Mahoning Valley to succeed and finally overcome a generation or two of economic disaster we must embrace the opportunity that the shale industry presents. Does anyone ever wonder what this area would be like if the early industrialists hadn't taken the entrepreneurial risk on building the steel mills in this region? I do, they would have been built somewhere else and that place would have enjoyed 75+ years of economic boom. Don't pass up this opportunity out of fear. Risk is what built this country and this Valley. But academics such as Beiersdorfer wouldn't know that because the ivory tower world of academia is a world of make believe that the rest of us ultimately pay for with our tax dollars.

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4kurtw(1191 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I was going to comment on this (letter by YSU prof's concerning shale gas) but above post said it so well, I have nothing further to add.

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5300(573 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Shrimp farming! Shrimp farming, I tell you, is what any rational and successful person would do at this point!

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6kurtw(1191 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The city of Youngstown is broke- can't even pay off the Covelli Center. If "environmentalists" had been around when the Steel Industry was being established 100 years ago, they would have killed it- of that I am convinced.

We have strict Environmental Protection Laws in place to regulate the Shale Gas Industry and every other industry. That's all we need to know.

Gentlemen, (and Ladies): Let the Drilling Begin!

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7golfnut(30 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I've been trying to be open minded about this, but I'm somewhat biased towards taking advantage of this opportunity. I can't believe there isn't A definitive study that clearly, simply states the facts. The writer has listed signatures of PhD's, who agree with him, but does not substatiate with facts. And please don't give me "Gasland". I'll give these people one thing... their efforts have definately caused safety to be in the forefront of the drilling process, but at some point we need to access this resource.

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8James_S(268 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I agree with him. Drill?- yes. Frack?- NO!

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9walter_sobchak(2114 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Interesting that Dr. Beiersdorfer did not get the Dean of the STEM College, Dr. Martin Abraham, to be a signatory to his letter. Of course, YSU is now home to Natural Gas and Water Resources Institute within the College of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics, which would appear at cross purposes to this group's intention. Or, maybe some in this group would rather seek employment in the private sector, where results are expected.

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10Boar7734(66 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Walter_ , Agree with Walter and his opinion. I also wonder why such learned professionals need a union to voice their accomplishments to achieve merit increases and benefits. Are they hiding behind the union for protection to voice their view? (BTW not against local teachers unions)

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11300(573 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Oh yes, disagree with Utica, and you must be part of the non-productive class.

I'll trust Phds before I trust someone who couldn't hack it in Texas, so he moves up to a region he dislikes, lives around people he despises, all in an effort to make an easy buck that turned out not to be so easy.

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