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Chautauqua Votes Down Fracking Moratorium
February 27, 2014 - Ben Klein
The town of Chautauqua board has voted against a moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing.
Following two full hours of listening to speakers discuss the proposed one-year fracking moratorium, the town board voted down the measure, with only Tom Carlson voting in favor of it.
Those against the moratorium generally felt that any limit on drilling in the area could result in the loss of good jobs and diminished economic opportunity for land-holders and business interests.
Those in support of the measure cited environmental issues and potential health concerns resulting from the drilling process and from the large amounts of contaminated waste water generated by the process. They also cited potential economic losses from any negative effects on the lake or on area roads and farmlands.
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