Advocates make case in another attempt to ban fracking in Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Some raised concerns at a Candidate’s Night forum Monday night in another attempt to ban fracking in Youngstown.

“There’s too much in there that allows for people to sue businesses, any businesses, not just businesses related to gas and oil, that they believe is polluting the water,” said Jaladah Aslam with the Mahoning County Democratic Party.

Youngstown State geology professor Dr. Raymond Beiersdorfer said fracking poses environmental risks.

“We’ve had over 700 earthquakes in this area, illegal dumping of frack waste into the Mahoning River, frack waste spills that have killed everything in neighbors’ ponds, and people forced to live next to fracking wells and injection wells.”

The Community Bill of Rights has been defeated by voters five times since 2013. It will appear on the ballot once again in November.

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