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Sun. 7:18pm: Niles to discuss fracking ban

September 8, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

NILES - Council will host an informational roundtable at 1 p.m. Monday to discuss the impact of the recently passed "community bill of rights" ordinance, which attempts to ban hydraulic fracturing and deep well injections within city limits.

The roundtable will include several county officials, including Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda, labor leaders and representatives from the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program.

Bob Marino, city council president, said no action will be taken at the meeting.

"It's for the purpose of education, not for the purpose of lobbying or anything else," Marino said. "It's just to clear up some misinformation, misinterpretations and misunderstandings."

At the heart of the misunderstandings, officials said, are potential unforeseen side effects of the ordinance which passed unanimously in its first reading at the Aug. 21 council meeting.

The bill of rights attempts to stop deep well hydraulic fracturing within the city limits by challenging the constitutionality of new shale gas and oil extraction in Niles.

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