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Anti-Fracking Amendment Decisively Rejected in Youngstown

Voters rejectedan anti-fracking referendum proposed by Frackfree Mahoning Valley by an unofficial count of 57-43. The proposal was denominated as the “Community Bill of Rights” and would have banned hydraulic fracturing inside of Youngstown city limits. Even if passed, a prohibition would not have any effect because drilling is regulated by the state and not cities. However, the vote demonstrates that there is public support for developing natural resources from the Utica Shale formation.