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Backers of charter amendment are using manufactured issues

Published: Wed, May 1, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Backers of charter amendment are using manufactured issues

The issues that form the basis for the charter amendment are manufactured, and the purpose is to create fear — fear of the development of the Utica Shale beneath the City of Youngstown.

Manufactured issues relating to the oil and gas industry are not new, and are unrelenting.

The first is that horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are only five years old and experimental. We need to separate the two procedures, they are not the same.

Horizontal drilling is new to Ohio, but it is not a new technology. It has been used commercially for 30 years, including places such as Prudoe Bay, Alaska.

Hydraulic fracturing has been used safely for over 60 years in connection with vertically and horizontally drilled wells, and for over 50 years in Ohio. The combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling is an extension of two proven technologies.

The second manufactured issue is that hydraulic fracturing has been the cause of contaminated water wells. Although several claims have been made, EPA investigations have proved those claims to be false.

Hydraulic fracturing does not causes earthquakes. The earthquakes in Youngstown were caused by improper operation of disposal wells, not hydraulic fracturing.

Another manufactured issue is hat oil and gas development causes toxic air pollution. The Fort Worth area of Texas is in the center of the development of the Barnett Shale, and has 24/7 air quality monitors. Of all the pollutants claimed by environmentalists to come from shale wells, these monitors only show a background reference.

The Fort Worth area was also the subject of an exhaustive epidemiological study that found there is no evidence of any increased health issues related to shale development.

All of the claims made by the proponents of the charter amendment are false. The basis for the charter amendment is false.

Therefore, you should vote no on the charter amendment issue.

Mark R. McGrail, Warren


1DMan(5 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Prudhoe Bay oil spill
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

BP Alaska headquarters in Anchorage
The Prudhoe Bay oil spill (2006 Alaskan oil spill) was an oil spill that was discovered on March 2, 2006 at a pipeline owned by BP Exploration, Alaska (BPXA) in western Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Initial estimates of the five-day leak said that up to 267,000 US gallons (6,400 bbl) were spilled over 1.9 acres (7,700 m2), making it the largest oil spill on Alaska's north slope to date.[1] Alaska's unified command ratified the volume of crude oil spilled as 212,252 US gallons (5,053.6 bbl) in March 2008.[2] The spill originated from a 0.25-inch (0.64 cm) hole in a 34-inch (86 cm) diameter pipeline. The pipeline was decommissioned and later replaced with a 20-inch (51 cm) diameter pipeline with its own pipeline inspection gauge (pig) launch and recovery sites for easier inspection.[2] In November 2007, BP Exploration, Alaska (BPXA) pled guilty to negligent discharge of oil, a misdemeanor under the federal Clean Water Act and was fined US$20 million.[3]

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2Debbie(22 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Our government has been overthrown by several corporate entities (families, essentially) and the people (urbanites, suburbanites, ruralites) have been discounted and set aside while still funding the government.
So.....if the Youngstown Vindicator "votes no", and "billions (are) invested in Ohio", what do we conclude? That this is a good thing? There's not enough "cash" on the planet to pay for the minerals and elements that are up for sale by those who have no natural claim to them. KNOWING this doesn't make me a punk, it makes me a human being. VOTE YES on MAY 7th!

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3DMan(5 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Because we don't live in the suburbs or on farms. We live in YOUNGSTOWN. We are protecting our city from people like you.
BTW, Utica, nice Brad Paisley comment there.

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4oh13voter(1205 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

You have to love fractivists, they are consistent. Consistently spreading "maufactured issues" and dis-information.

The oil spill in Prdoe Bay had nothing to do with fracing.

The spill in Bristol was intentional.

The charter amendment will protect the Meander watershed. False ! I believe the entire watershed is out side the city.

Jobs - the writer cites an old labor report. Typical fractivist tactic.

Second - shale development is in the early
stages in OH. However, in PA in five years 214,000 shale related jobs were created.

Earthquakes - the earthquakes were not related to hydraulic fracing.

Help stop the lies, bring economic development to Youngstown, VOTE NO MAY 7TH !

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