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Erie County, NY to vote on fracking ban
December 4, 2013 - Ben Klein
A vote to ban fracking in Erie County is expected on December 12, and if a public meeting held Tuesday is any indication, the bill has the support to pass.
Supporters of a ban against fracking in Erie County, NY spoke for 90 minutes Tuesday evening during the last public meeting before the legislator is expected to vote next week.
"One of the biggest concerns people have has to do with the cancer-causing chemicals those against fracking say can seep into our drinking water.
"If you hadn't heard anything about the money, about the jobs, what would you say to that person? How would you treat that person? You would think that person was trying to kill you, and that's what these people are trying to do," said one man who spoke Tuesday.
In fact, during the entire 90 minute public hearing, no one spoke in favor of fracking."
Fracking in the Marcellus shale in Erie County is "not considered a major issue because the Marcellus Shale "sweet spot" for fracking is outside Erie County in the Southern Tier, roughly from Allegany to Broome counties," the Buffalo News said.
Erie County legislators say not a single person has supported fracking at the public meetings.
"Erie County legislators tell us that throughout all of the meetings they've had about banning fracking on county land, no one has ever showed up to speak in favor of the fracking industry."
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