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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.

For the complete story, read Tuesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


Comments

1amyd1986(4 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

This is a bunch of hoopla..... This amendment didn't pass the last time and shouldn't this time... Read into it.... It's not just about Fracking.... The last amendment if passed would have been so detrimental to the city of Youngstown it's ridiculous that these amendments have so many hidden factors... Fact is Read all of these things before voting and make sure you don't just get part of the story.... please read these amendments!! Not only that get the facts straight about Fracking it has been going on for more than 40 years why is it such an issue now??? It isn't just everyone is making it that way!

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2Ytownnative(1048 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Its still a no vote for me

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376Ytown(1254 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

amyd1986: Don't confuse hydraulic fracturing with what you may think of as a pumpjack (also called nodding donkey, pumping unit, horsehead pump, rocking horse, beam pump, dinosaur, sucker rod pump (SRP), grasshopper pump, thirsty bird, or jack pump) is the overground drive for a reciprocating piston pump in an oil well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPE2RU...

Horizontal hydraulic fracturing is different from traditional drilling and vertical fracking techniques that have been used for years. This technique, commonly called “fracking”, has only been in standard use in the last 7-10 years. It drills thousands of feet vertically and then drills horizontally, up to 2 miles, with high velocity seismic injection of fracking fluid and sand. It uses many hundreds of times more water (2-5 million gallons per frack and each well can be refracked multiple times) than vertical fracking. It then has to dispose of that water, contaminated by toxic fracking chemicals and the minerals that it brings up from underground (some radioactive, some of which can combine to make the highly toxic gas, hydrogen sulfide). About 50% of the toxified water remains underground. It takes longer than vertical fracking and requires a huge scale industrial operation, with massive heavy tanker truck traffic of about 1,200 tanker truck trips per frack (transporting clean water, fracking fluids, etc.).

Fracking history:
Early 1900s Natural gas extracted from shale wells. Vertical wells fractured with foam.
1983 First gas well drilled in Barnett Shale in Texas
1980-1990s Cross-linked gel fracturing fluids developed and used in vertical wells
1991 First horizontal well drilled in Barnett Shale
1991 Orientation of induced fractures identified
1996 Slickwater fracturing fluids introduced
1996 Microseismic post-fracturing mapping developed
1998 Slickwater refracturing of originally gel-fractured wells
2002 Multi-stage slickwater fracturing of horizontal wells
2003 First hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale
2005 Increased emphasis on improving the recovery factor
2007 Use of multi-well pads and cluster drilling

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4BIGDRILL(36 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Why not ban all gas pipelines in town also? I see in the news that houses are going up in flames in the city from gas line ruptures. This would be in the interest of safety and eliminate any incentive to drill within the city limits.

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5Attis(903 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you 76Ytown, but I am afraid your facts will fall on deaf ears among the pro-frackers who will not let facts confuse their made-up closed minds. Those who know not and know not that they know not are fools, shun them.

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6republicanRick(1168 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Frack, baby, frack

It will bring Y-town back !

Don't let the feeble minds scare us away from advancing into the future. Y-town's future is bright with all the mineral rights.

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7DwightK(1263 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

I guess you can be against job creation in Youngstown when your family is pulling down a hefty salary from YSU.

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876Ytown(1254 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

DwightK: Do you really believe that this will bring jobs?

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9Silence_Dogood(1356 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

76Ytown was that question a joke? Could you please tell me what industry just spent a BILLION dollars to build a plant in Youngstown. That was BILLION with a "B". Do you think that may have created a job or two, and then what do you think they will do with that BILLION dollar plant, have a night watchman walk around that big empty building all day and all night?

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10city_resident(513 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

What part of the proposed charter amendment would prevent Vallourec, or some other company from building more manufacturing plants in the city?

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11JoeFromHubbard(1069 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

@76Ytown:

"highly toxic gas, hydrogen sulfide" you say ?

For gosh sakes don't fart in an enclosed area as the gasses you expel may contain some of the same "toxic" elements ("sewer gas").

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12leegee(2 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Fracking is wasteful, plain and simple. Never mind all the hazardous chemicals and heavy metals that end up in our ecosystem; huge amounts of the natural gas they're fracking for also escapes and gets into the water table, if it's not just pumped straight into the air. The process is half baked and needs more time in the lab before they should expect people to be okay with it.

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