Dryden Leader Speaks on Landmark Hydrofracking Decision
7/2/2014 (Updated 10:42:58 PM)Dryden Deputy Town Supervisor Jason Leifer looks at Monday's landmark decision by the New York State Court of Appeals as a win for his community.
The state's highest court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield had the right to ban hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
The 5-2 ruling was a major blow to the shale industry and a major win for environmentalists.
Even though Dryden, with a population of fewer than 2000 people has effectively changed the game of fracking, Leifer insists the town's decisions have not been political but in the best interests of Dryden's local economy.
He noted the potential environmental threats of the fracking process could harm their agricultural businesses. he says some residents considered leaving Dryden if fracking was allowed.
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