|Anti-fracking amendment on ballot in NE Ohio city|
|Written by Associated Press|
|Tuesday, 07 May 2013 05:47|
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Voters are weighing a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in a northeast Ohio city where disposal of wastewater from the drilling method led to earthquakes and alleged groundwater contamination.
The Community Bill of Rights on Youngstown's ballot Tuesday would prohibit the controversial high-pressure oil and gas drilling technique, also called fracking, inside city limits.
The city council put the proposal on the ballot in February after an anti-fracking group called Frackfree Mahoning Valley collected the necessary signatures.
Officials have questioned whether the ban could be enforced because drilling in Ohio is regulated by the state, not cities. Activists supporting the proposal disagree.
Drilling-related episodes in the city have primarily involved deep-injection wells where wastewater from fracking and other forms of drilling is deposited.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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