Skaneateles sets moratorium on hydrofracking

* Mary Menapace from Coon Hill Road suggested a citizen's advisory board to study the issue of hydrofracking and how it will effect Skaneateles and its lake. Then said to town supervisor Terry Roney, "We're so glad you are an attorney, so you can decipher information collected. The more hands and brains we have on dealing with the myriad of issues with hydrofracking (the better)."

She's concerned about a stressed New York State DEC's oversight of hydrofracking and it's effects on our "Exquisite Body of Water."

* One resident stated that the oil and gas aren't going anywhere, so taking time studying the process and its effects makes sense. She also pointed out that our viewscapes are a valuable resource. How will surface water from the wells effect this?

She added that Skaneateles residents are at a disadvantage because we don't have the money to hire neutral parties to study the issue. This would give us more confidence in how to proceed she said.

* Resident Tom Halstead addressed the statement on the moratorium handed out by the town board. "I don't understand the variance," he said, meaning it's a built in loophole. Sardino said law required it. Halstead also questioned $1,000 fine; implying it was chump change to a gas company.

* A resident from State Street asked if there was a representative from the gas companies at the public hearing. No one stepped forward. He said he would rather not have a moratorium. Instead, just say "No" to hydrofracking.

* Dr. Mary Carlberg said she was concerned that the process of hydrofracking was not subject to the Clean Water Act because of a Halliburton Loop hole. She said there is a growing body of evidence that HUD and banks aren't granting mortgages to land with gas leases.

* A long time resident handed out maps of the gas leases in Central New York. She said the gas companies have no way of knowing where the frack fluid (employees have to sign a non-disclosure as to the contents) is actually going? There are concrete caps that will deteriorate in 25 years, then what, she asked. How does this fluid react with the other 526 different chemicals naturally occurring in our ground?

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