Ohio city defeats fracking ban again

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio  — Voters in Youngstown have rejected a fracking ban in the city for a second time this year.

Opponents of the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — failed again in trying to ban it in the northeastern Ohio city. But they say they’ll be back for a third try next year.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports that in May, the anti-fracking charter amendment failed by 13.7 percentage points. On Tuesday it failed by 9.7 percentage points, according to unofficial results.

The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 396 spent more than $74,000 trying to defeat the amendment. The union called it a job-killer.

Fracking opponents say the drilling process harms the environment.