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Hagan wants hearings on oil, gas lease



Published: Tue, September 25, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

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By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

State Rep. Robert F. Hagan wants city council to have public hearings on a proposal to lease city-owned land for oil and gas drilling before the legislative body votes on it.

Councilman Mike Ray, D-4th, chairman of the public utilities committee, said council plans to discuss the matter as a committee or as the full council at either a public meeting or hearing.

A decision is expected shortly with the meeting or hearing to be take place later this week, Ray said.

Council decided last Wednesday to postpone a vote on leasing land for drilling.

Some council members wanted more information before voting on the legislation, proposed by Mayor Charles Sammarone.

About 70 people attended last week’s council meeting in opposition to the legislation.

Council could vote on the proposal as early as its next meeting Oct. 3.

Sammarone wants to use the money from leasing city-owned land for drilling for demolition and neighborhood-improvement projects. That money is desperately needed, Sammarone said.

Hagan, of Youngs-town, D-60th, said Monday, “While we all share in the excitement over the potential to bring jobs back to Youngstown with this expanding industry, there still remains legitimate environmental concerns related to fracking and the use of class II brine injection wells. As I said before, surely, the safety and health of our constituents takes precedence over the city’s search for additional revenue.”

Fracking is the process in which water, chemicals and sand are blasted into rocks thousands of feet below the ground to unlock natural gas and oil.

It has come under fire because of its potential environmental concerns.

Five of seven council members say they support Sammarone’s proposal. Ray and Councilman Paul Drennen, D-5th, say they haven’t made a decision yet and want to obtain more information.


Comments

1lee(544 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Drill baby drill then change cars over to use the gas

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2bmanresident(597 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

How does this Hagan guy ever get elected!? He has done everything he can to stifle any hope this area has. I'm sure back when railroads (which comrade hagan worked) all this political back lash would not have been as severe as it is with this hipocrit. Same with the Steel mills which shaped this valley. I say drill and vote out this moron!

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3palbubba(664 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

JMW08 "At what point will the Valley get rid of people like him and free themselves from the enslavement to government that he sells?" The answer to that question is, when the people of this poverty stricken valley vote with their minds and not a blind eye toward anyone with a (D) behind their name. There are a lot of complaints about the people in the city of Youngstown, but they were smart enough to reject this joke as their mayor.

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4RobX(59 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

No need for a hearing. Just play the videotape of the last council meeting. The same band of crazies as always will show up, they'll do the same meaningless whining.

"Fracking COULD MAYBE POSSIBLY release the same benzene and toluene that are in the gas tank of the car I drove to this protest!"

Hagan will agree with them because he has no interest in data or facts. His goal is to stand with the ex hippies no matter what.

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5Bigben(1996 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Keep the fracking out of the city! Money will flow for demo regardless. Even if it doesn't I would rather have abandoned buildings then potential poison above and below ground. If it is fracked then the exodus from the housing that is now occupied will really move into high gear. It is a weak argument.

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6commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

You get WHAT you vote for!!!

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