Environmental Advocate Visits Athens to Support Issue 7

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John Spon is the Law Director of Mansfield Ohio and a strong proponent for cities to take action to protect local environments from water pollution and other outgrowths of fracking.

He was in Athens recently to promote Issue 7 – a Citizens’ Bill of Rights for the City of Athens which is on the Nov. 4th ballot.  He spoke with WOUB’s Tom Hodson.

Spon was the primary proponent of a similar Bill of Rights that passed in Mansfield in 2012 by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin.  It has enabled his city to regulate fracking, injection wells and other potential environmental hazards.

He said the Bill of Rights gave his city officials a mandate to pass legislation that limits and punishes environmental hazards.