Youngstown Voters Reject Fracking Ban _ Again

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Voters in Youngstown have rejected a ban on fracking in the city for the third time in a year.

After Tuesday’s loss, opponents of the controversial shale gas-drilling process say they’ll try a fourth time — and more if necessary — to pass a charter amendment that would outlaw it.

Susie Beiersdorfer, a member of the Community Bill of Rights Committee that led the effort, says “it doesn’t matter how many times we have to fight for our inalienable rights to clean water and clean air.”

City voters rejected it this time by 8.5 percentage points.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator ( ) reports that Tuesday looked like the best opportunity for the amendment to pass, after the state announced last month a “probable” connection between drilling and earthquakes nearby.

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Information from: The Vindicator,

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