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Athens grass-roots group wants 20-mile no-fracking ban

By Bob Downing Published: December 4, 2012

From the Athens News:

Athens City Council has heard from a new group of citizens opposed to oil-and-gas extraction who proposed a 20-mile fracking ban be adopted by the city as part of a "bill of rights."

Athens resident Dick McGinn outlined the proposal to City Council on behalf of the Bill of Rights Committee.

McGinn said he appeared at City Council to speak to the "dangers that fracking and associated activities pose to the health, safety, happiness and even economic stability" of the Athens community.

"What we have is a committee to enact a community bill of rights with the aim of banning fracking and associated activities in, at, or near the aquifer that supplies water to the city of Athens," McGinn said.

Under current Ohio law, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources oversees drilling with local communities haviong no say.

Landowners within the ban area would be barred from leasing their land for oil and gas drilling.

The proposal was drawn up with the assistance of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.

McGinn said that the BORC is asking City Council to adopt the ordinance and place it as a referendum on the November 2013 ballot as well, promising the group will pursue the ballot initiative regardless of council's action.




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