From a press release about an event in Youngstown today:



 “We Will Protect Our Drinking Water” Says Group: All Media Are Invited To Attend The Youngstown Community Bill Of Rights Committee’s Official Announcement That It Has Collected The Signatures Required To Put The Community Bill Of Rights Charter Amendment Question On The November, 2016 Ballot: 



Members Of The Committee Will Make Brief Remarks, Provide Updates, And Answer Media Questions Before Delivering Signatures To The Clerk Of Council. The Gathering Will Take Place On Monday, June 27, 2016 At Youngstown City Hall At 1:30 PM On The Sidewalk In Front of Youngstown, Ohio City Hall (Boardman and Phelps Streets).



 





Youngstown, Ohio, June 24, 2016  – The Community Bill of Rights Committee has once again exercised its democratic right to petition local government and put a charter amendment on the November 2016 ballot. The voters have again indicated via their petition signatures that they want to vote in November 2016, on whether or not to ban shale gas development (fracking, injection wells and other shale gas infrastructure) within Youngstown city limits and uphold their unalienable right to local control to protect their public health, safety, well-being and the democratic process.





“We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from the community this year, and we thank them. We only lost by 2.49% in the November 2015 election,” said Lynn Anderson, a Community Bill of Rights Committee member. “We believe that voters are increasingly voting YES with us, in part, because they are seeing the truth and scientific facts about fracking and related processes. They understand that the risks are too great when injection wells and other heavy industrial operations are permitted in residential or populated areas near homes, schools, parks, cemeteries, farms, and even the protected Meander drinking water area.”





            Members of the committee and other local supporters of the Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment will arrive outside of Youngstown City Hall on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM to make the official announcement that the goal has been reached and to offer brief remarks and updates.  They will be available to answer media questions before delivering the collected signatures to the Youngstown Clerk of Council, at a meeting set up to receive the petitions.  The announcement gathering will take place on the sidewalk in front of Youngstown, Ohio City Hall at Boardman and Phelps Streets.



      



       Susie Beiersdorfer, Community Bill of Rights Committee member, said, “Greater numbers of people are becoming more fully informed, aware – and concerned as time goes on. I believe this response is related to the large body of newly released scientific studies that point to documented risks associated with shale gas development. Increasingly, the citizens of Youngstown want to affirm their right to local self-government and local control over protecting their family’s and their community’s health, safety, and well-being. 



 



       The group says being informed, speaking out against injustice, and voting are democratic and the right things to do.  It is the citizens’ unalienable right to protect their community.  A YES vote on the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment in November, 2016, will affirm the inherent right to local control of public health, safety, and well-being.





For media inquiries or more information, please contact the group via Frackfree Mahoning Valley at:  234-201-0402   or  e-mail:  frackfreemahoning@gmail.com