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Niles council approves anti-fracking ordinance

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NILES, Ohio - Niles city council approves a measure that would block fracking in the city.

The "community bill of rights" is aimed at challenging any permits for horizontal drilling within city limits.

Mayor Ralph Infante says he doesn't believe horizontal wells have any place in his town.

"I have nothing against well drilling, but it should be out in the country away from residential territories, away from downtown, away from schools," Infante says.

Infante and City Law Director Terry Dull both insist that the city would take on any challenges of the ordinance, even go to court if needed.

Infante says the ordinance states residents have the right to clean water and to be safe.

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