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Erie County, NY bans fracking

December 17, 2013 - Ben Klein

From the Buffalo News:

"The Erie County Legislature on Thursday voted, 9-2 to, approve a local law banning hydraulic fracturing on county-owned property.

The law also prohibits introducing drilling waste into any county-owned facility such as a wastewater treatment plant and outlaws spreading of “fracking” byproducts on county roads."

" Rep. Chris Collins on Thursday took the Legislature to task for its vote.

“Today’s vote by the Erie County Legislature to irresponsibly ban fracking ensures that Western New York will continue to wallow in the status quo while jobs flee our region for pro-growth areas that embrace new technologies and common-sense job policies,” the former county executive said in a news release.

“By voting in favor of this ban today, county legislators have aligned themselves with President Obama and Governor Cuomo’s fringe, anti-business interests that have sabotaged New York’s economy and jobs for our citizens,” Collins added."


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