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Fracking opponents collect signatures for ballot issues in Niles, Youngstown

Published: Sat, December 28, 2013 @ 5:06 p.m.

Fracking opponents collect signatures for ballot issues in Niles, Youngstown

Associated Press


Backers of a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing in Youngstown say they’re not giving up despite two defeats at the polls in 2013.

The proposed Community Bill of Rights lost in the May and November elections. The measure would have prohibited the high-pressure oil and gas drilling technique, also called fracking, inside city limits.

A spokeswoman says ban supporters in Youngstown and neighboring Niles are now gathering signatures for another ballot attempt in March 2014.

Spokeswoman and geologist Susie Beiersdorfer said supporters believe they can win this time because public understanding of the issue is growing. She noted that voter support for the issue increased from spring to fall.


1Ytownnative(1114 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

it was no the first two times I voted and its no again.

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2bunkpatrol(229 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

The industry spent $74,449 to defeat this initiative while the supporters of the ban only spent $693 .

If a buffoon is one who speaks truth to power , citing the importance of our drinking water over the exporting of profit from this community, then I proudly support them and consider myself one as well.

Support continues to grow for this ban as information trumps propaganda and shills are exposed for their greed.

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3bunkpatrol(229 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Here is a good start Utica Shill. Not that you are looking to learn, but rather disseminate propaganda for your own greed.


I speak not only of groundwater pollution and methane contamination of wells, but also of billions of gallons of drinking water diverted for use by the fracking industry.

And also, I am a lifelong resident and homeowner within the city limits of my beloved Youngstown. Any other means of attempting to "kill the messenger" ?

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4JoeFromHubbard(1430 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

If you tell a story enough times, people tend to begin to believe it, even if it's wrong.

Apparently the fracophobics are again trying this approach to the low information voters.

One almost has to feel sorry for the fracophobics who seem paralyzed with imaginary fears.

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