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Anti-fracking charter amendment to be on Nov. 4 ballot in Youngstown



Published: Wed, September 3, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

Citizen initiative to go before city voters for a fourth time

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The anti-fracking Community Bill of Rights charter amendment will be in front of Youngstown voters for the fourth time.

The Mahoning County Board of Elections certified Tuesday that the citizen initiative has the required signatures to be on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The Community Bill of Rights committee submitted petitions with 2,058 signatures.

The board determined 1,447 of the signatures are valid. The committee needed at least 1,216 valid signatures to get the proposal on the ballot.

“We’re pleased with the certification,” said Susie Beiersdorfer, a committee member. “We’re going again. There’s no one protecting our air and property rights, so the community members have to do it.”

The voting results get closer each time, but the proposal has failed three times.

In May 2013, it lost by 13.7 percentage points. It lost by 9.7 percentage points in November 2013, and by 8.3 percentage points in May 2014.

When told the proposal was back on the ballot, Butch Taylor, business manager for Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 396, said, “Unbelievable, but we’ll continue to work to indicate the positive things we’re doing with this industry and promoting it.”

The proposal would ban fracking in Youngstown even though opponents and state officials say that isn’t enforceable, as those decisions are made by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Also, fracking isn’t occurring in Youngstown, but Beiersdorfer says the proposal allows citizens “to allow what businesses can come into the city.”

Taylor said, “Businesses are here for an opportunity. If you stop businesses affiliated with [fracking], you’ll stop a lot of opportunities.”

Also, the board of elections certified two other Youngstown charter amendments Tuesday.

The amendments were approved Aug. 20 by city council as legislation. Charter amendments proposed by city council aren’t subject to collecting signatures on petitions.

One proposal would combine the economic-development and community-development offices.

The other would make the proposed superintendent of code enforcement and blight remediation an unclassified position, hired by and serving at the pleasure of the mayor.


Comments

1robotboy(7 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Really? Again? Can't someone please just make these idiots, agitators and malcontents just go away?

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2Attis(900 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Yes, again! Someone has to just make the fracking-caused earthquakes, pollution, and environmental crime just go away.

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3DILLIGAF(12 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

WIllinnyny you're a fool. First off there will never be a horizontally drilled in Youngstown its just bad business and not worth it seeing as how there is no good production in this area. But trying to kill support industries in a dieing city? You should be ashamed of yourself.

Also-

What does Fracking kill? Cars kill tens of thousands of people a day. Go Ban those

Where has any pollution been at any sites around our Area? They're gonna start dumping Brine on the streets this winter since the county is too poor to buy enough salt.

How does it undermine the Environment? building a house undermines the Environment.

There is no Global Warming.
Ice caps have grown 60% bigger in the past year. While the use of fossil fuel. Where is this Extreme climate change you are talking about?

Injection wells have been linked to the earthquakes, these are used by multiple industries
including

Metal Production
Chemical Production
Pharmaceutical Production
Commercial Disposal
Food Production
Municipal Wastewater Treatment
So you want to shut down all these industries as well?

St.Francis can Frack Off. He is dead and is not magical. Put no man before God

God gave us this earth, Including the minerals that are in it. And in America we have this thing called freedom and capitalism, people can do what they wish with their land. Where do you come off all high and mighty telling people what they can do with their own possessions/property. Do you even own any land? If you do then don't sell your minerals, its your right to do that or not. But your neighbors have their own to do the same . V&M is the biggest thing that will ever come to this decrepit city, and its all thanks to an industry that offers good paying jobs and benefits to people. I'm sure you'd rather have everyone live on government assistance though. I advise that you stay out of any heated building this winter since you are so opposed Natural Gas.

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4robotboy(7 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Puleeze. Get in the shower, use some deodorant, and do something productive for society. Maybe create a job for someone you poor misguided hippies.

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