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Township takes novel approach to ban fracking

Township takes novel approach to ban fracking

An aquatic ecosystem that supports a host of creatures and is linked to water supplies for hundreds of its neighbors will soon have its day in court.

Residents says the Little Mahoning Creek watershed in Indiana County is threatened by frackwater injection activity in the area, while a public interest law firm seeks to represent the environment itself.

As officials in Grant Township, Indiana County, head to court over a wastewater injection ban they enacted in June, legal representatives on both sides of the fight will debate which is more important: the freedoms of an energy corporation that, by law, is entitled to the same civil rights allowed an individual, or the rights of a community to have a healthy, unsullied environment.

 

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