Tue 10:44pm: Fracking ban defeated again

YOUNGSTOWN — A proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas-related activities inside Youngstown city limits fell at the polls for a second time Tuesday.

Youngstown voters defeated another attempt to change the city’s charter, 54.8 percent against to 45.1 percent for, according to incomplete unofficial results.

The ballot issue was opposed by a group of political and business leaders who said the amendment would have hurt existing well owners and that it sent the wrong message to companies in the drilling industry that wanted to do business here.

Also, supporters said the prohibitions would have been unenforceable.