Sunday, October 23, 2011
A group of citizens from the town of Livonia and surrounding townships met in Hemlock this past Thursday the 20th of October to discuss the matter of Hydraulic Fracturing. The meeting was called due to concern based on the first hand accounts of landowners in Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and other regions in addition to peer reviewed scientific research. We are alarmed at the dangerous nature of this new technology and the immediate threat it poses to our region. It was decided that the best way forward would be to pass a moratorium ( temporary ban ) in each township on hydraulic fracturing with the intention of postponing permitting until more studies can be completed, most importantly from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who's 2005 policy exempts oil and gas companies from regulation. We make this move in solidarity with other townships who have passed or are working on moratoriums and bans across NY State.