|Fracking petitions still circulating|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Monday, 15 July 2013 09:21|
Organizers of a move to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing are making a further push to gain signatures to get a charter amendment on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Lisa Kochheiser, spokeswoman for the FreshWater Accountability Project, said as of Friday the drive had collected 1,200 signatures.
To get the charter amendment on the ballot requires 1,270, but organizers are aiming to get 1,600 to account for any signatures that may be deemed invalid.
"We are going to be extending signature collecting until the end of the month," Kochheiser said.
She said they plan to deliver the signed petitions to the city by Aug. 1. The city must then process them, and then turn them over to the Board of Elections.
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, uses a chemical brine that is mostly water spiked with chemicals to release gas trapped in rock.
Kochheiser and others who oppose fracking say it is an environmental threat to the quality and quantity of the water supply, as well as posing other health and environmental dangers.
Gas and oil industry officials maintain the process is safe and is an economic benefit that creates jobs throughout the state.
Kochheiser said the drive has benefited from an increase in the number of people out circulating petitions. The drive has 28 volunteers seeking signatures, including a number from other organizations around the state.
"We're going to get this done," she said. "It's very exciting, absolutely."
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