From the Associated Press:
The city council in Youngstown has voted to seek offers to lease city-owned land for gas and oil drilling — despite some heated opposition from people who oppose it.
The Vindicator (http://bit.ly/QtXzka ) reports that the council voted 5-2 Wednesday to permit the city to seek drilling offers.
Some city council members wanted the city to wait until a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency progress report on the hydraulic fracturing drilling process — also known as fracking.
The study’s first progress report is planned for late this year.
About 50 people who oppose the drilling process because of environmental concerns showed up at the meeting to make their opinions known.
Some said they will collect signatures on petitions to try to get the decision on drilling overturned.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.