We have been highly critical of our state Legislature. Corruption and incompetence are rampant in Albany. However, our lawmakers did pass a statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, which we supported last year.
Three area towns _ Springfield, Middlefield and Otsego _ are developing regulations that would restrict or ban natural gas drilling. Buffalo has already banned hydraulic fracturing, the process of injecting water, sand and chemicals, some toxic, into the ground under high pressure to shatter rock and release natural gas.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is studying hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and is scheduled to release its findings in June.
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Forbid horizontal fracking