Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Elected officials voice fracking concerns

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM

As another key deadline approaches in the state's high-volume hydraulic fracturing review, some local elected officials are speaking out about their concerns with the gas extraction technique. And they're also sharing their concerns with the state review.

Yesterday, a group of the officials, all members of Elected Officials to Protect New York, held a press conference at Rochester's City Hall. In a press release, the organization said state officials haven't considered the health costs and the burden fracking will place on municipalities. The organization's website says state officials should keep the current de facto moratorium on fracking in place until a comprehensive study of fracking's health impacts, an in-depth assessment on socioeconomic effects, and a thorough study of the cumulative impacts of fracking are completed.

The event at City Hall included remarks from Brighton Supervisor Bill Moehle and Rochester City Council member Loretta Scott, according to media reports. But Elected Officials to Protect New York has quite a few local members, Democrats and Republicans. They include:

· City school board member Mary Adams
· City Council member Matt Haag
· City Council member Elaine Spaull
· City Council member Loretta Scott
· City Council member Jackie Ortiz
· Brighton Town Board member Christopher Werner
· Brighton Town Board member Jason DiPonzio
· Brighton Town Board member Louise Novros
· Brighton Town Board member James Vogel
· Brighton Supervisor Bill Moehle
· Brighton Town Clerk Dan Aman
· Mendon Town Board member Moe Bickweat
· Rush Town Board member Daniel Woolaver
· Rush Town Board member Kathryn Steiner
· Village of Pittsford Mayor Bob Corby
· East Rochester Deputy Mayor Mark Florack
· Honeoye Falls Mayor Richard Milne
· Village of Churchville Trustee Diane Pusateri
· Village of Fairport Trustee Tim Slisz
· County Legislator Michael Patterson
· County Legislator Carrie Andrews

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