Municipal Officials Form Group, Mail Cuomo on Hydrofracking

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We’ve already seen the anti-hydrofracking activists join forces to form one coalition against the gas extraction process. Now, a group of municipal officials have done the same.

A letter signed by (at this moment) 283 elected officials from 34 New York counties was delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office today, according to the new coalition — Elected Officials to Protect New York.

The list of officials — ranging from town board members to supervisors to all sorts of other office holders — can be found on the group’s flashy new website.

In the letter, the officials call on New York to continue its defacto moratorium and launch three studies — one on the public health impacts, one on the cumulative impacts of hydrofracking, and one on the socioeconomic impacts.

“To earn our and the public’s confidence in the adequacy of the assessments we are seeking, all these studies must be made available for public review and comment before regulations are finalized or the moratorium is lifted,” the letter reads.

Standard background information — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is in the midst of a regulatory and environmental review of high-volume hydrofracking. It was launched in July 2008, and the technique is on hold in New York until it’s completed. (Howard Glaser, Cuomo’s director of state operations, said on a radio appearance this morning that the report is still “a couple months away” from being finalized, but declined to set a specific timeline.)

Independent Oil & Gas Association executive director Brad Gill fired back with a statement of his own this afternoon. He said, in part:

“Municipal leaders who wish to further stall the expansion of natural gas development in the Southern Tier are acting without the full understanding of the significant environmental protections that are in place, and without the benefit of years of environmental review by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. New York is already under a four-year moratorium. It’s disingenuous to ask for that to be extended without knowing the DEC’s conclusions and its scientific rationale.”

Here’s video of Carl Chipman — supervisor of the town of Rochester in Ulster County — discussing his concerns about hydrofracking:

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  1. Well! It’s Perfectly Alright for “the Officials” to “form” the “group”… It’s their Constitutional Right as Pescribed in the Document. But! I was curious wheather “having a Secured Government Salaried Job Backed By Unions; is this most ethical and morally correct thing to do? Is there going to be a Conflicting of Interest where “these Officials are Government Employees” and ” The Govornor of State” who not only is a Head of The State Government and Their Boss….

    In this event, its feels to American Constitutionalists who happen to be at the Center of Intimidating Tactics in The Smallest and APPARENTLY most corrupt County of State of New York where its Senator ( from a districting pattern only understoodable by people with clerk’s mantality who also are in violations of The Gun Licensing Laws in the County of Rockland – just writing as for example of practices and beliefs that “the earth is still flat in Rockland County”!…but certainly its not the topic of this Comment.
    Coming back to the Officials Forming Group may in my opinion would serve the Purposeful, had these “Officials” resign from their “government paid jobs” and probably join a Private Sector Position or Start their own little business! What Say You People?

    What this “Group” may do for oppossing “The NY State Govornor” is beyond America’s Foundational Common Sense! Remember, what Brouno & Company became with the Passage of Time?

    This is not 19th Century America! It’s 21st Century! …. The Check and Balance must be maintained! I am sure The NY State Attorney General will agree with my thoughts!

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller.