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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 1 year, 9 months 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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2GeorgeinYoungstown(76 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Aside from not being a Youngstown resident, the writer is what's known as a "landman," or someone who would personally profit from the defeat of the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights.

Also, sadly, we only have to look at today's headlines to see that his claims ring hollow, especially concerning the inherent problems associated with the safety and dependability of this industry. This tragic story reveals the fact that contamination issues related to drilling will be with us for a very, very long time, as this appears to be an old, vertical well storage tank that is leaking, onto pristine, rural farmland. Is this the future we want for the Meander Reservoir and the City of Youngstown? This is why I'm voting YES on May 7th!:

"Oil well spills in Bristolville, hazmat crews on scene"

"BRISTOLVILLE, Ohio - A oil well spilled Wednesday afternoon in Bristoville on Mahan Denman Road."

"Hazmat crews are on scene and they believe an open valve was the cause of the spill."

"Crews are unsure how much crude oil spilled at this time. However, the oil spilled 3/4 of a mile downstream."

"Natural dams kept it from spreading too far and the Environmental Protection Agency put in booms to help clean it up."


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3GeorgeinYoungstown(76 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

The writer is also not being forthright regarding the issue of fracking-induced seismicity.

3 recent studies - 1 Canadian, 1 American, 1 British - have concluded that hydraulic fracturing does, in fact, cause earthquakes.

So not only waste injection wells like the D&L Northstar #1 which caused the Youngstown earthquakes, but the actual oil & gas _fracking_ wells cause earthquakes too!

"The report, Investigation of Observed Seismicity in the Horn River Basin, shows that the seismicity observed in the study area was induced by fault movement resulting from the injection of fluids during hydraulic fracturing."


"A REPORT PUBLISHED BY DECC that includes a BGS co-author concludes that the earthquakes near Blackpool in April and May 2011 were induced by hydraulic fracture treatments..."


"The injection of fluid to facilitate oil and gas production...has the potential to generate induced seismic activity."


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4GeorgeinYoungstown(76 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

...except that the "fracking jobs" meme is nothing more than industry disinformation.

Employment gains in drilling and non-drilling areas of Ohio were almost identically flat:

"...employment growth due to shale development in the counties was not evident, the report noted. Employment rose 1.4 percent year-over-year in counties with heavy or moderate shale production, compared to 1.3 percent in other counties without shale development."


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5Debbie(22 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months 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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6DMan(5 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months 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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7oh13voter(1205 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months 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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