Much of the debate over fracking for natural gas has centered around the potential to pollute drinking water. What's not explicit in much of the discussion is that - in Pennsylvania - the only thing that has polluted people's well water as a result of drilling is natural gas...
Coalition Members Say Outside Interests Have Interfered With the Region’s Right to Determine its Own Economic Future
Binghamton, N.Y. – A new coalition representing union workers, farmers, landowners and local businesses today called on state officials to respect the right of people in the Southern Tier to determine their own economic future.
The new coalition – called Southern Tier Residents for Economic Independence – favors carefully regulated, responsible development of natural gas resources.
Coalition members say that the Southern Tier – one of the most depressed regions in the nation over the last decade -- deserves the right to responsibly develop its natural resources. More than 50 rural towns in the Southern Tier have passed resolutions in favor of responsible development of natural gas.
“It’s outrageous that we can’t engage in what President Obama has called a boon to both the economy and the environment,” said Scott Colton, President of Carpenters Local 277.
David Johnson, President of the Broome County Farm Bureau, said: “There is no reason that natural gas drilling shouldn’t occur in rural areas of the Southern Tier. For people outside our community to be so...