A handful of mayors, supervisors and other elected officials were in Albany today to continue to push state government on hydrofracking, renewing their call that the Department of Environmental Conservation’s review of the technique is insufficient.
Among those in attendance at an afternoon news conference: Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, Elmira Mayor Susan Skidmore, Tompkins County Legislature Chairwoman Martha Robertson and Carl Chipman, supervisor of the town of Rochester, Ulster County.
“The fiscal stress that upstate urban cities are currently operating under does not relieve us of our duty to protect our municipalities from an invasion of unknown and unintended consequences,” Skidmore said.
Specifically, the elected officials—part of the Elected Officials to Protect New York coalition—called for three separate studies to be completed independently. One would be a “comprehensive health impact assessment of the entire shale gas extraction process,” another a stronger look at the potential negative economic impacts of fracking on local communities, and the third a “revised and properly thorough study of cumulative impacts.”
In addition, the officials in Albany today said they were expected to meet with DEC Commissioner Joe Martens at 3 p.m.
Karen Moreau, executive director of the New York State Petroleum Council, was critical of Skidmore and Ryan.
“Ryan and Skidmore can choose to ignore the will of the people—and they clearly are—but they cannot ignore the fact that voters from the Marcellus Shale want the jobs and revenues hydraulic fracturing will produce while protecting land, water and public health,” Moreau said in a statement.
Below, you can watch video of Ryan and Skidmore, respectively: