BREWSTER – State Senator Gregory Ball (R-Putnam County) Monday said the state should allow for more time for comment before it issues rules and approvals for fracking for natural gas harvesting.
The gas and oil industry says the longer the approval process takes, the greater the loss of jobs and other economic benefits.
Ball doesn’t buy that argument.
“At the end of the day, this stuff has been in the ground tens of thousands of years and extending a public comment period to allow full comment for 180 days shouldn’t stop the industry,” he said. “What the industry seems to want is the red carpet and to allow a blank check approach where they can devastate private property owners, farmers and sportsmen and entire communities without being accountable and that’s totally irresponsible.”
Ball urged Governor Cuomo to tour Pennsylvania to see “the devastation hydraulic fracturing can have on communities.” (ARTICLE)