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Anti-fracking amendment gets enough signatures to be on ballot again

Published: Mon, August 12, 2013 @ 9:48 a.m.

Anti-fracking amendment gets enough signatures to be on ballot again

YOUNGSTOWN — Members of the committee spearheading a Youngstown anti-fracking charter amendment say they have more than enough signatures to get the issue on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The group needs petitions with at least 1,562 valid signatures by Sept. 6. In an email this morning, the group wrote that it surpassed its goal.

Members of the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee will have a 1:30 p.m. press conference in front of city hall and then submit the petitions to the clerk of council for review, as required by the city charter.

“Youngstown residents are exercising their right to vote on this issue as part of the democratic process designed to protect the public health, safety, and well-being of all citizens,” said Susie Beiersdorfer, a committee member and also the Green Party’s nominee for city council president.

City voters in May rejected a similar charter amendment 56.85 percent to 43.15 percent.

Opponents to the amendment say the proposal is unenforceable because the state has total control over regulating gas and oil. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has said several times that fracking is controlled by the state.

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