Rochester, New York – June 17, 2013. Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature today called on the County to pass legislation banning fracking and all related activities. Democrats are encouraged that there is at least some bipartisan support for a ban due to a non-binding resolution recently introduced by Republican Dr. Joe Carbone (R-Irondequoit) calling for the State to adopt a fracking ban.
Last October, Legislator Justin Wilcox (D-Brighton) introduced legislation to ban the treatment of fracking wastewater in Monroe County water treatment facilities. That legislation has been dormant since October because it was tabled by the Majority. But last Tuesday, Carbone introduced his resolution supporting a State-wide moratorium on fracking. Combined with a recent court ruling approving the right of municipalities to ban fracking, Democrats felt the time is now right for Monroe County to consider a ban on this practice.
“Today, residents across the state are rallying in support of a ban on fracking in an effort to protect our health and environment,” Wilcox said. “We are encouraged that our colleague in the Majority has expressed support for a ban and we hope he and others in his caucus are willing to join us in enacting a similar ban here in Monroe County.”
“We often hear local elected officials complain that the State has tied their hands,” Democratic Leader Carrie Andrews said. “Here we have the perfect opportunity to lead by example by passing a local ban while the State figures out what they will do. We can’t simply wait around for something bad to happen when it comes to this issue. I applaud Legislator Carbone for proposing his resolution and I encourage him to join with us as we deliberate implementing a local ban on fracking.”