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Youngstown council agrees to seek offers for drilling on city land

Published: Wed, October 17, 2012 @ 7:08 p.m.


Despite some debate and heated discussions, city council approved an ordinance by a 5-2 vote today permitting the city to seek offers from companies to lease city-owned land for gas and oil drilling.

But the city first needs to resolve various issues such as title searches and land restrictions before it can start the process of finding a company, said city Finance Director David Bozanich.

That could take six to eight months, though an exact timeline isn’t yet known, he said.

Some council members wanted the city to wait until a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency progress report on fracking was finished before moving ahead with this plan.

The study’s first progress report is planned for late this year.

But that did little to change the positions of the nearly 50 people at council’s meeting who oppose drilling.

Some said they plan to get signatures on petitions to overturn council’s decision on drilling for either the May 2013 election or a special election before that date.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator or Vindy.com


1uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago


I couldn't say it better and totally agree.

Just wait until the drillers start undermining the city. New hazards, new property issues and surely no relief to the tax paying citizens.

Drilling has it's place: on multi acre tracts all owned by same owner with adequate distance and consideration for abutting neighbor owners.

I'd like to see where all this natural gas is headed. Know for a fact additional production of gasoline is being shipped out to foreign markets to the highest bidder.

The net positive impact with these resource deals is to the resource companies. The localities are left with ruined roads, long term environmental issues, fracked water, questionable retention ponds, etc.

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