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Spafford board votes for fracking moratorium

— “We’re hoping they don’t extend,” she said. “We’re hoping during that moratorium time they do put in zoning and land use laws.”

Anne McElroy, of the group Citizens to Preserve Spafford Watersheds, agreed. “We know that there is still work to be done to get the zoning and land use laws in place to prohibit heavy industrial uses. We are willing to work with the Spafford Town Board to assist them. The Town Board can also connect with other nearby towns who are working on this issue,” she said.

Stevens voted for the moratorium. “I do think the watershed does need some protection,” he said. “Skaneateles and Otisco are two watersheds for Onondaga County. There definitely is reason to do the moratorium. Just to let other entities know that Spafford is interested in the quality of life.”

Ken Lieberman was the lone board member to vote against the moratorium.

“I respect the passion people have for the moratorium, but at the end of the day the moratorium is all duplicative anyway,” Lieberman said. “Because the state controls it we can’t go ahead until they say so. Us pushing it off for six months doesn’t really do anything.”

“It’s at most symbolic,” Lieberman added. “At the end of the day it’s meaningless which is why so many towns are passing them. It kind of squelches the fears of people but doesn’t actually do anything in the end.”

The moratorium expires on March 6, 2012.

Kris Russell is an Eagle Newspapers contributor. He can be reached through the editor at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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