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Town of Otisco to draft hydrofracking moratorium

"Once the well has been fractured and the "flowback fluids" are withdrawn from the well they are usually stored in a lagoon or pit at the well site rather than being removed and reclaimed," he wrote. "The flowback fluids contain fracturing chemicals, naturally occurring chlorides, heavy metals, radioactive materials, and water that is six times saltier than sea water."

This raises the question, Flynn continued, "Will the flowback fluid lagoons result in the property being designated as a 'brown field' site?"

The Camillus Town Board voted into law a ban on horizontal drilling in the town following three public hearings last spring. Flynn, who worked with the town on the ban, urged that Otisco follow suit.

"If not a ban on hydrofracking, then vote for at least a six month moratorium to allow time to study the effects of hydrofracking and determine possible solutions to resulting problems."

The town of Marcellus passed a six month moratorium on horizontal drilling in early September.

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