Group wants to talk fracking

SALEM – The Ohio Organizing Collaborative’s Communities United for Responsible Energy (CURE) campaign has invited the Salem mayor and City Council to discuss the pros, cons and unknowns of horizontal hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” with all Salem residents.

The meeting will take place at the Quaker Room of the Salem Public Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The meeting follows an Aug. 8 decision by the Salem Planning Commission to approve an ordinance to restrict oil and gas drilling to areas zoned for heavy industrial use.

These industrial areas, known as M-2 zones, run along the railroad tracks and include the city’s two industrial parks.

Featured speaker Ted Auch of will discuss the council’s proposal and what it might mean for those living and working in nearby areas.

There will be a question-and-answer portion during the meeting.