Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Legislator Andrews' Resolution Supports Local Fracking Bans

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Rochester, New York – February 24, 2012.  Monroe County Legislator and Assistant Minority Leader Carrie Andrews (D-Rochester) has introduced a resolution to the County Legislature supporting the ability of local governments to prohibit the controversial practice known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in their jurisdictions.

The resolution calls on the State Legislature and the Governor to enact a state law that provides local governments with the option to decide whether they want to allow the practice. This week, a State Supreme Court justice upheld a municipality’s right to use its zoning laws to ban fracking.

“There are still too many unanswered questions about fracking and the waste products it creates. By passing this legislation, the State can provide our residents with greater local control of what takes place in their neighborhoods. It seems only appropriate that each jurisdiction should decide for itself if it wants to allow fracking to occur,” Legislator Andrews said.

Each County Legislator will have an opportunity to sign on in support of the resolution, at which time it will be sent to the State Legislature and Governor.