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Columbus groups are trying to pass a Bill of Rights to combat fracking
Local groups in Kent and Youngstown are working on similar measures

Karen Kasler
Cumminity groups across the state are trying to use Bills of Rights to keep fracking away from their community.
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Another Ohio city is trying to stop fracking and fracking waste with a local ballot issue.

Carolyn Harding speaks for the Columbus Community Bill of Rights, which is pushing a measure similar to ones that have passed in Mansfield and Broadview Heights.


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“Instead of being a ban, which hasn’t worked because of the jurisdiction of state over oil and gas drilling and waste, this is a rights-based bill of rights, saying that, ‘We the people of Columbus stand for our inalienable rights for pure water, clean air, safe soil,” Harding says.

Kent, Youngstown and Athens are also trying to get similar issues on their local ballots to stop fracking and the disposal of waste into injection wells.

Harding says the group has to gather 10,000 signatures to get the Community Bill of Rights on the May ballot. The group will kick off its petition drive on Sept. 10.

Listener Comments:

Just stop Fracking. It's a lose/lose situation for everyone.

Posted by: karen reilly on September 2, 2014 11:09AM
We need to stand up and protect our water.. We have to leave the future generations a clean foundation to stand on.

Posted by: Melissa Carpenter (Ohio) on September 2, 2014 5:09AM
Its about time we make a stand against the criminal actions of an entire Indsutry.

Posted by: steve meizlish (Bexley, Oh) on September 1, 2014 1:09AM
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