There is currently legislation pending in both the Assembly and Senate to address regulation of hydrofracking. The addition of these laws, if passed, would further set forth what are the rights of local municipalities in governing this.
There are other ways to regulate the hydro-fracking industry locally, such as road use agreements. "We have looked at ways to utilize laws in effect to our advantage," Monforte said.
"We want to bring to light the issues that we can control," Webber said. "Surrounding towns are taking similar measures. We need to send a message to the state; from there we can move forward to do what we can to encourage legislators to do the right thing."
Those present at the meeting believe hydrofracking in Cazenovia will not become a reality in the immediate future.
Webber added, "We are on the fringe, we have the luxury of time."
The public is encouraged to educate themselves on findings and new developments and attend future meetings of the Hydrofracking Committee, for further discussion of their concerns and to gain awareness of their rights under changing legislation. Regular meetings are held at 7 p.m. the first Monday of every other month.
Elaine Barnes is a Syracuse native employed as an airline employee and freelance journalist for area publications.