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'Labor unions, landowners unite again for pro-fracking group'

March 4, 2014 - Ben Klein
"There is no reason that natural gas drilling shouldn't occur in rural areas of the Southern Tier," David Johnson (pictured), president of the Broome County Farm Bureau, said in a statement. "For people outside our community to be so vehemently opposed isn't right or fair."

Coalition formed to promote NY gas drilling

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A new coalition of labor groups, farmers, landowners and businesses from New York counties along the Pennsylvania border is calling on state officials to lift the nearly 6-year-old moratorium on shale gas development.

Binghamton attorney Scott Kurkoski says Monday that the coalition called Southern Tier Residents for Economic Independence favors well-regulated, responsible development of natural gas resources.

The coalition is similar in makeup to the now-defunct Clean Growth Now, formed several years ago for the same purpose.

Kurkoski says the group will give a voice to residents of the Southern Tier who favor gas drilling and serve as a counterpoint to opposition groups that he says are based outside the Marcellus Shale gas region.

He says the coalition believes natural gas drilling offers an economic lifeline in a depressed region.

 
 

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