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Some YSU profs back fracking ban in Youngstown



Published: Wed, April 30, 2014 @ 4:35 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A handful of Youngstown State University science professors voiced their support today for a charter amendment that would ban fracking within city limits, citing environmental and health costs concerns.

The group, headed by Ray Beiersdorfer, a geology professor and member of Frackfree Mahoning Valley, represented 20 faculty members from a range of scientific disciplines.

Beiersdorfer urged a “yes” vote on May 6 , saying fracking has been linked to birth defects in Colorado, to air and water pollution and to earthquakes in Mahoning County.

“This ban does not have to be permanent but should remain in effect at least until companies can control the air pollution [especially the harmful volatile organic compounds], safely treat radioactivity in the waste, and are required to clean their used fracking water before safely returning it to the natural source from which it came,” he said in the lobby of YSU’s Ward Beecher Planetarium.

The measure, appearing on the ballot for the third time Tuesday, has drawn opposition from the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and other business and political leaders. Those groups paint it as a “job-killer,” arguing that it is too broadly written and would negatively impact a range of other industries.

“It’s not really about oil and gas,” said Tony Paglia, chamber spokesman. “It’s about trying to hinder industrial development and industrial activity in Youngstown.”


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1billdog1(1804 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Could you be little more specific Tony, or is it your afraid the prof will disprove your ramblings?

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2sue(173 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

That's fine if they want to ban fracking as long as they do not use natural gas to heat their individual homes. In that case they would be hypocrites.

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3lajoci(374 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

"This ban does not have to be permanent but should remain in effect at least until (1) companies can control the air pollution [especially the harmful volatile organic compounds], (2) safely treat radioactivity in the waste, and (3)are required to clean their used fracking water before safely returning it to the natural source from which it came"

Why are these requirements bad?

I would ask that someone, anyone, either within the natural gas business, or invested in the natural gas business, or at least sympathetic to the natural gas business please explain to me, in reasonable, scientific and economic terms exactly why these 3 requirements are unreasonable.

Anyone?

And, by the way, YES I heat my home with natural gas, but NO I don't consider myself a hypocrite if I ask that these natural gas business guys do their business cleanly and safely, without harming the rest of us, and are responsible enough to CLEAN UP AFTER THEMSELVES!

By the way (again), I think these natural gas drillers should post a bond, to demonstrate their sincerity, and to safeguard the rest of us who will be left with the mess if and when the oil and gas limited liability corporations (LLC'S) wreck the environment, and then leave us holding the bag, just as the steel mills did, only in a much shorter time frame.

Come on, natural gas guys! Step up and be stand-up men! You want to be big shot bid-ness-men? Do the right thing and post a surety bond!

(Cost 'a doin' bid-ness!)

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4Seriouslee(125 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Seems like 20 from all different scientific disciplines is more than a "handful"

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