New York Health Commissioner Nirav Shah isn’t the only one traveling in the name of hydrofracking these days.
Four state lawmakers from Westchester County are in Susquehanna County, Pa., today for a tour of one of Pennsylvania’s most-active areas for shale-gas drilling. The tour is being sponsored by Westchester 4 Change, a group that has been critical of hydrofracking.
The group is being led by Sen. George Latimer, D-Rye, and will also include Assemblymembers David Buchwald, D-White Plains; Shelley Mayer, D-Yonkers; and Steve Otis, D-Rye. Sen. Tony Avella, a Queens Democrat who is one of the Legislature’s most-vocal fracking critics, is also attending.
“The purpose of this trip is for all of us to see the impacts of hydrofracking first hand,” Latimer said in a statement. “We have heard about the problems and the promises of economic benefit and it is important for us to get the total experience of how this could potentially affect other communities.”
Several state lawmakers from the lower Hudson Valley have gone on fracking-related trips to Pennsylvania in recent months, including Sens. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, and Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County.
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