Will Woodstock Criminalize Hydraulic Fracturing?

Categories: EPA, Environmental

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From a report earlier today, it looks like Woodstock might try outlawing hydraulic fracturing -- the highly controversial natural gas extraction method that many fear will pollute New York's water supply with carcinogenic chemicals and radiation.

The Town Board has decided to consider a proposal that would cite "civil rights as the basis for a ban," according to the Daily Freeman , and make fracking a criminal matter -- not a regulatory one.

A town councilman says that he has worked with other municipalities in upstate New York, some of which have considered adopting similar codes.

Indeed, Runnin' Scared reported on the town of Dryden, in which a judge agreed that the municipality had the right to ban hydrofracking.

The Freeman notes that Woodstock's Environmental Conservation Commission has also weighed a different measure. This would change zoning laws such that the "amendments would ban drilling activities without specifically identifying hydraulic fracturing as a prohibited land use."

In other fracking news, Mother Jones noted today that physicians in Pennsylvania have basically been put under a gag order -- they can get info on the health dangers of fracking chemicals, but can't share the info with patients.

Runnin' Scared will keep you posted with any updates.

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