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Chamber forms coalition to fight charter amendment

Published: Fri, April 5, 2013 @ 12:06 a.m.

Staff report


Fearing a chilling effect on economic development here, the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber announced Thursday its intent to form a coalition aimed at combating a charter amendment on the city’s May 7 primary ballot to ban fracking within city limits if voters approve.

The organization will have a news conference today, unveiling a group of business, labor and community leaders who support the oil and gas industry in the Mahoning Valley and strongly oppose the charter amendment, which local activists landed on the primary ballot in February after they collected the necessary 1,562 signatures to do so.

At the news conference, members of the coalition will be introduced, and some of them will speak on the importance of shale development for the Valley and what effect the charter amendment could have on jobs and investment throughout the region.

The chamber has been vocal about such an amendment since activists said they would conduct a petition drive to counter Youngstown City Council’s decision in October that approved legislation allowing the city to solicit offers from companies to lease city-owned land for oil and gas drilling.

Some of the amendment’s core provisions, if approved, include an outright ban on fracking, language to enforce any activity that violates it or natural resources and a stipulation that imposes liabilities on operations in neighboring communities.


1ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Youngstown people love to shoot themselves in the foot every time something good happens.

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2republicanRick(1736 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

If this amendment passes, we might as well just erect a fence around Youngstown city limits and say, "OK suckers, we tried to help you, but, now you're on your own. We give up."

We then turn Youngstown into a landfill and let the residents left behind to sift through garbage and all the blighted buildings as a way of living.

We then take any criminals from the suburbs and throw them over the fence into Youngstown. Remember the movie "Escape from New York".

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3SonsOfLiberty(14 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

How does the destruction of fresh water equate to something good exactly?

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4TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Because Sons of Liberty people will be able to afford to EAT and drink. Balance, that's what the left doen't get.

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5SonsOfLiberty(14 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

This issue isn't a political issue, this issue is about air quality and WATER. You know clean water is a essential necessary element for any form of life?

By your theory hitmen are oppressed and the mere fact their services are illegal is an injustice since by all means legalizing their practice could allow for them to make some money and buy things. Wake up.

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6lbf(220 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Selling Out

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7DMan(5 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

It cracks me up that GoMarcellusShale is "organized". The only interest they serve are land owners. Making money from selling your mineral rights is only part of the equation. That doesn't create jobs. That's not injecting money into the local economy. That sure as hell is not protecting our water. Maybe some of you GMS'ers can now pay your back taxes, you slum lords.

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