Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Youngstown Anti-Fracking Movement Encounters Opposition

From the Tribune Chronicle:
YOUNGSTOWN - A new group coordinated to help derail a May 7 ballot issue that could stymie natural gas drilling in Youngstown came out firing Friday morning.
"As a lawyer looking at this charter amendment, this is a very bad law," attorney Alan Wenger of Harrington, Hoppe and Mitchell said during introductions of the group that is calling itself the Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth and Investment.
From labor to management, Democrats to Republicans, and educators to bankers, the group's diversity was as apparent as was its united goal: to promote the oil and gas industry along with environmental safety.
Calling the discovery of the Utica Shale and the economic potential it brings "one of the greatest opportunities that we have seen in a few decades," Regional Chamber president and CEO Tom Humphries said the group will fight the ballot issue, a measure that officials said could jeopardize the area's economic future. "We think it sends a message to the industry that we are not open for business."
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