New York town board drops ban on talking about fracing
BY JOHN UPTON
SANFORD-- Sanford New York board members grew weary of constantly hearing from constituents on the controversial practice of hydrofracing for natural gas. Fracing is not currently allowed in New York, but if that changes, residents of the town, which is near the border of the heavily fraced state of Pennsylvania, fear that their community would be one of the first fraced.
So the board passed a law in September that banned anybody from mentioning the issue during public comment periods at its meetings. Instead, the board members suggested that fracing opponents put their concerns in writing to the town clerk for review.
After the Natural Resources Defense Council and Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking to reverse what had been dubbed a “gag order,” the town board relented. It voted last week to rescind the order.