News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hennes Paynter Communications

Knight Foundation

Wayside Furniture


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


Youngstown voters set to decide if fracking should be allowed in the city
Critics of the proposed fracking ban say that it would violate state law
by WKSU's GRANT ENGLE

Reporter
Grant Engle
 
In The Region:

Voters in Youngstown will decide Tuesday whether to give the city control over fracking within city limits.

The amendment, known as the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights, would essentially outlaw the oil and gas drilling process.

But opponents like attorney Alan Wenger say the proposed fracking ban would violate state law. He says the amendment can’t trump state regulations and is too vague to be enforceable.

Wenger on proposed fracking ban

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:10)


“It doesn’t read like anything that could possibly be implemented and enforced. It is a political statement. It’s sort of like a manifesto.”

But Susie Beiersdorfer, a geologist with the committee that drafted the proposed amendment, says municipalities should have the right to ban a commercial process that could endanger citizens.

Beiersdorfer on fracking ban

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download

(0:13)
“State pre-emption of municipal self-government, when used to empower corporations with legal cover to violate rights for profit, is illegitimate.”

Beiersdorfer says fracking could impact Ohio residents' right to clean air and water.

Wenger argues that the proposed amendment doesn’t define those rights nor how fracking violates them.

Listener Comments:

It is very much up to the residents of Ohio and any other state for that matter to decide whether they will allow fracking to go on or not. A decision as important as this, and a matter that can and will affect the peoples lives, should be decided by the people. That is a true democracy!


Posted by: Talie (Toronto) on May 6, 2013 1:05AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Massive pipeline planned to pump Ohio shale products to Texas
This needs stopped. Ohioans pay the price, putting up with pollution, leaks, explosions, and the top one percent profit from exporting fracked product to China.

National Weather Service confirms three tornado touchdowns yesterday
I was driving back from a party and was caught in the middle of a large thunderstorm. The hail and lightning were a whole light closer than usual, is something ...

Another Indians season opens with Chief Wahoo under scrutiny
The picture you have for Robert rocha is not him. He has long hair. No idea who that guy is in that picture

Portman predicts McDonald's confirmation, but says it won't be easy
I sent the following note to Senator Blumenthal after reading commentary from yesterday's hearing: Senator, You certainly have the right to ask Mr. McDonald que...

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University