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Youngstown Warren Chamber urges defeat of anti-fracking issue

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber is urging voters to reject an charter amendment that would prohibit companies from exploring for oil and gas in Youngstown using the hydraulic fracturing drilling method.

A news release issued on Thursday says the Chamber Board of Directors voted Wednesday to support the Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth and Investment' efforts to defeat the Community Bill of Rights amendment, which will appear on the November ballot.

According to the release, Chamber president and CEO Tom Humphries calls the anti-fracking amendment a bad idea.

The Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth and Investment is a partnership of business, political, labor and community leaders united in support of shale development and in opposition to the proposed Youngstown charter amendment. The Chamber helped to form the group.

Last May, the Coalition worked to defeat a similar charter amendment on the city ballot. The margin of defeat was 57 percent to 43 percent.

Fracking foes gathered enough signatures on petitions to revive the charter amendment, and win a spot on the fall ballot.

Proponents of the charter change say the new version of the amendment contains a provision that exempts the manufacture of equipment used in pipelines, fracking and related industries. They say the amendment would only apply to unconventional, horizontal fracking wells within Youngstown city limits.

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