Frack Free activists near goal in petition drive to ban fracking in Youngstown


Frack Free activists near goal in petition drive to ban fracking in Youngstown

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Frack Free Mahoning Valley organizers say they are close to gathering enough signatures to land a referendum question on the May 7 primary ballot asking voters to ban natural gas drilling in the city.

As theWednesday deadline nears, local business leaders and the oil and gas industry are paying close attention, and a fight to stave off a charter amendment could be shaping up, opening a telling window into how two sides of the fracking debate are interacting in the early stages of the Utica-Point Pleasant shale play.

In October, the city council approved legislation to allow the city to solicit offers from companies to lease city owned land for gas and oil drilling. At the time, activists said they would conduct a petition drive aimed at curbing that activity.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.

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