For the fifth time in three years, the Community Bill of Rights, which seeks to ban drilling for oil and natural gas within city limits, will be on the ballot in November.
In a press conference Tuesday morning, the Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth and Investment – which includes Mayor John McNally, the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, Local 396 of the Plumbers and Pipefitters union and the Community Mobilization Coalition – urged voters to again defeat the amendment.
“Those who would place this issue on the ballot for a fifth time are certainly well-intentioned, but I believe they’re trying to solve a problem that does not exist,” McNally said. “We have individuals involved in the oil and gas business in Youngstown who run perfectly fine businesses and operations and who employ city residents. I don’t want to see any of their business or employees negatively affected by the effects of this amendment.”
Tuesday also marked the beginning of the early and absentee voting period for the Nov. 5 elections, McNally noted.
Butch Taylor, business manager of Local 396, said that what the backers of the Community Bill of Rights are trying to accomplish – namely safe and clean air and water – has been achieved in the industry.Read more on this by clicking here.
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