City Asks Ohio Supreme Court to Order Anti-Fracking Proposal Back on Ballot

City officials in Youngstown, OH, have asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a county board of elections vote that would prevent a referendum to ban oil and gas development within city limits from appearing on the November ballot.

August 31, 2015
Ohio Organizers Still Pushing Anti-Fracking Petitions Despite Ruling Against Them

Ohio Organizers Still Pushing Anti-Fracking Petitions Despite Ruling Against Them

The city council in Youngstown, OH, will vote to again to put an anti-fracking initiative on the November ballot, despite a recent decision by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to invalidate three similar petitions at the county level.

August 24, 2015

Youngstown’s Third Anti-Fracking Referendum a ‘Jobs Killer,’ City Officials Warn

Calling a grassroots effort to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) within the city of Youngstown, OH, for the third time in 18 months a "jobs killer" affecting the whole region, officials on Thursday implored the public to again vote against the measure when they head to the polls next month.

April 3, 2014

Youngstown Fracking Opponents Continue Push to Ban Drilling

Continuing with their pledge to ban fracking in Youngstown, a grassroots committee is seeking signatures for a third ballot initiative in May that would once again ask voters to amend the city’s charter, while affiliated anti-hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activists will try for the same in nearby Niles, OH.

December 31, 2013

Youngstown, OH Rejects Anti-Fracking Amendment, Again

Same question, same answer. For the second time in six months, voters in Youngstown, OH, on Tuesday rejected, by about a 55-45% margin, an amendment to the city’s charter that would have banned hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other activities that support shale development.

November 6, 2013

NatGas Moratoriums Approved by Three Colorado Towns

Voters in three Colorado towns voted to place moratoriums on natural gas and oil exploration and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) Tuesday, and a moratorium on the ballot in a fourth town failed by just a few votes. The ballot initiatives were seen as largely symbolic efforts, since there is little to no drilling being done in any of the towns. Meanwhile, across the country in Ohio, a ban on fracking on Youngstown’s ballot failed for a second time.

November 6, 2013

Youngstown Voters to Consider Anti-Fracking Amendment Again

For the second time in six months, voters in the City of Youngstown, OH, will be asked to pass an amendment to the city’s charter that would ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and several other activities that support shale development.

September 11, 2013

State Geologists: USGS Hasty in Assigning Quake Blame

The top geologists in Colorado and Oklahoma, two states with significant shale resources, say researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) were hasty in suggesting that injection wells used to dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling are responsible for an increase in earthquakes in the Midcontinent region.

April 17, 2012

Industry Briefs

French manufacturer Vallourec SA said progress is continuing on a $650 million steel mill it is building in Youngstown, OH to produce seamless pipes for use in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The seamless hot rolling pipe mill of subsidiary V&M Star plans to create about 350 direct jobs and have initial production of 350,000 tons/year, but it can be expanded to 500,000 tons/year. Production is expected to ramp up in the next few months. According to Vallourec, the new mill would produce 2 3/8-inch to 7-inch diameter pipe for use in fracking operations. The company said it wants to support customers in shale plays across the continent; it has field offices in the Marcellus, Utica, Haynesville and Barnett shales and in the Piceance Basin.

January 16, 2012