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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Editorial Asks When Enough Will Be Enough for Anti-Drillers in Youngstown

From the Youngstown Vindicator comes an editorial looking at the fifth attempt to pass a ban on shale activities in the city, which was defeated this week.

It says, in part:
Why won’t the advocates of the absurd proposal to ban fracking in the city of Youngstown just go away? Because like all other self-appointed protectors of society, they can’t fathom not being embraced by a majority of the public. 
And so it is that the leaders of FrackFree Mahoning Valley are contemplating a sixth attempt to pass a charter amendment that would prohibit the use of fracking to extract oil and gas in the city of Youngstown. 
In Tuesday’s general election, Youngstown voters again said no to the anti-fracking Community Bill of Rights charter amendment. It was the fifth rejection at the polls, but Ray and Susie Beiersdorfer and their compatriots aren’t ready to concede defeat. 
Why use the words “absurd proposal” in reference to the amendment? Because the Beiersdorfers know that it could not be enforced even if voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of the charter amendment. 
The Ohio Supreme Court already has ruled in another case that only the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has authority over oil and gas drilling in the state. 
While the Beiersdorfers and others obviously believe that residents of the city aren’t intelligent enough to know what’s in their best interest, the outcome of the five attempts to ram through the Community Bill of Rights is a clear repudiation of the do-gooders.
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