Elected Officials Raise Questions About the Cost of Fracking

Feb 5, 2013

City Councilwoman Loretta Scott, among other officials, raising concerns over fracking in New York.
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As the New York Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to make a decision on the safety of hydraulic Fracturing, some local officials are speaking out in opposition.

Some Monroe County elected-officials are calling on the governor to continue the moratorium on fracking. That's until more comprehensive studies have been done. The group of leaders are part of more than 600 officials across the state called "Elected Officials to Protect New York".

City Councilwoman Lorretta Scott says they are seeking transparency of the state's review of hydro fracking - and the negative impacts of that gas drilling.

"We're encouraging the governor to take as much time as he needs to find out exactly what the cost of hydro facking is for our health, our economies and our communities," Scott says.

Town of Brighton Supervisor Bill Moehle says he's worried about trucks transporting hazardous waste through the town. That's as the county has not ruled out allowing in trucks and treating the waste water.

"The impact of hundreds of trucks carrying waste," Moehle says. "Frankly whatever nominal money the county would be getting is far outweighed by the risks of bring those hazardous and radioactive wastes in this community."

According to a Siena Research Institute poll released Monday, statewide voters were split 40 -40 percent when asked if the DEC should lift a 4 1/2 year-old moratorium on fracking.

The city's moratorium on fracking lifts in June, and the DEC is expected to complete its fracking regulations sometime in February.