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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Activist Groups Petition for Illegal Fracking Bans to Be on Ballot in Several Counties

From the Akron Beacon Journal:
A total of 6,578 signatures on a petition seeking a November vote on a Medina County community bill of rights was filed on Thursday with the Medina County Board of Elections. 
In the next 10 days, the elections board is expected to determine if there are sufficient signatures of registered Medina County voters to trigger a Nov. 8 vote. 
Organizers from Sustainable Medina County, a grass-roots group, needed 4,814 signatures to require a vote on the community bill of rights that could help fight shale drilling and related industries. 
That meant the group had collected 30 percent more than the minimum number of signatures required, said spokeswoman Kathie Jones of Wadsworth Township. 
“Yes, we’re happy, very, very happy,” she said. “We worked really hard to collect the signatures.” 
Similar petitions were filed in Athens and Meigs counties and in the cities of Youngstown (for the sixth time) and Waterville as Ohioans fight back against shale drilling, pipeline and injection wells for liquids wastes.
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