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Town of Windsor Supervisor Calls for Alternative Forms of Fracking

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Despite New York's ban on high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, one town is insisting it wants to move forward with drilling.

The supervisor for the Town of Windsor Carolyn Price says her board will work on the town's comprehensive plan to allow for multiple energy exploration. This would include wind, solar, hydro, and drilling methods that wouldn't be the high-volume fracking that is banned. This would include fracking with under 80,000 gallons and doing so vertically instead of horizontally. The Cuomo Administration banned high-volume hydrofracking last December. It concluded the health questions raised by ongoing research on the drilling process prevented it from allowing fracking.

"Having the Comprehensive Plan in place allows the extraction and then, of course, after that we have to amend our zoning laws. The Comprehensive Plan says you're allowing it. The zoning laws say where," said Carolyn Price, Town of Windsor Supervisor.

Price admits alternate methods of gas extraction may not be economically viable for gas companies. She says there will be two public hearings on the changes to the comprehensive plan. She anticipates the changes to the comprehensive plan and zoning laws will be complete by the end of 2015.