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Both sides of injection well issue rally in Warren

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WARREN, Ohio - The Don't Frack Ohio Rally attracted groups from across the state who are calling on the Governor and state lawmakers to ban underground injection of fracking waste. They say the oil and gas industry is using Ohio as a dumping ground.

"It is the waste. It's what nobody wants so they all want to stick it in Ohio from Pennsylvania to West Virginia. If they open up New York to fracking, that waste will come here and we've had enough," says Teresa Mills from the Center for Environment and Justice.

The protestors say it's a fight to prevent a legacy of waste that will impact generations to come.

"But it's also a fight that's absolutely essential to the future of this planet," says Mills. "An industry needs to clean up their own waste. They need to take care of their own mess and stop dumping it in the state of Ohio."

On the other side, business and community leaders and those working in the industry believe that it is being highly regulated and monitored and it's economic prosperity is leading the rejuvenation of the Valley.

"The work opportunities are tremendous and their just starting. We're talking jobs for Ohioans, jobs for people from Warren and Youngstown," says Tim Callion with the Pipefitters Local 396 union.

"And you're bringing people back into the community for a job instead of leaving the community for a job," says Butch Taylor from the union.

But those at anti-fracking rally are saying what price are you willing to pay.

"This is serious business. Once you contaminate an aquifer which is the water source that is below our feet, it is game over for our region," says Mary Greer with the Concerned Citizens of Ohio.

It's a debate that will surely be re-visited for some time to come.

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