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BG residents torn over anti-fracking charter amendment

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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

In less than a week, residents of Bowling Green will vote on a proposed amendment to the city charter which would ban fracking.

Supporters and opponents of the amendment both say they are against fracking. One side says there's no need for the amendment when the city already has an ordinance banning fracking, but the other side says the city needs more protection.

"I have yet to run into any one person in the city of Bowling Green that says fracking would be wonderful to have in Bowling Green," said Mayor Dick Edwards.

All around town there are signs for and against the amendment to the city charter. Opponents of the amendment fear its vague language could lead to prohibiting day-to-day activities like using a gas-operated lawnmower.

"When you get into documents that are not clear in their purpose and intent and have ambiguous language, it lends itself to all kinds of misinterpretations," Edwards said.

The mayor says he is also very concerned about adding an amendment to the charter because it is not an issue-driven document. He says the city is already protected by an ordinance that bans fracking, which comes with a very heavy fine under the criminal code.

Supporters of the amendment say that is not enough.

"[The ordinance] can be revoked by city council or preempted by state law," said Lisa Kochheiser.

She says it's important to have the added protection.

"The charter amendment can't just ban fracking, because the industry defines fracking as the brief moment in time when the rock actually splits apart, and they'll use that definition to their advantage to get around regulations," she said.

See the proposed amendment here.

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