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Athens residents may vote on frack ban
Athens residents may be voting to ban hydraulic fracturing and injection wells in the city limits this November, as a local group has submitted signatures to put the initiative before voters in the general election.
The Bill of Rights Committee submitted approximately 780 signatures from residents to Athens City Auditor Kathy Hecht’s office.
The group had to collect at least 450 signatures — 10 percent of the number of people who voted in the 2010 gubernatorial election — in order to have the initiative placed on the ballot.
In 2011, Athens resident Dick McGinn approached Athens City Council about passing legislation to ban fracking in the city, however, the legislation was never officially introduced by any council members.
A year later, McGinn and a handful of other Athens residents — including 2nd Ward Councilman Jeff Risner — formed the Bill of Rights Committee.