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Gas extraction by high-volume, slickwater, hydraulic fracturing is a heavily industrialized process that in other states has caused significant water, air, and noise pollution, severely snarled traffic and damaged roads; and increased accidents and crime rates.

Gas drilling company are coming to the gas-rich Binghamton area next. If pursued in this area, it would harm tourism, hunting, fishing, agriculture, and our local economy.

Gas companies can force unleased neighbors to allow drilling under their land through compulsory integration. Instead, we should pursue energy conservation and sustainable sources of energy. We also should support community and state initiatives to help local farmers pursue sustainable farming methods that are economically viable.

Neither the Federal nor the New York State government has stepped forward to protect residents from this harmful gas-extraction practice, so local people and their governments must lead the way. Towns all across upstate New York are taking their future into their own hands and proposing and passing hydrofracking bans.

Let's ask Binghamton, NY—a major city in New York's Marcellus Shale—to join this movement.

Letter to
Binghamton City Council Robert Weslar
Binghamton City Council Martin J. Gerchman
Supervisor, Town of Binghamton Tim Whitesell
and 6 others
Binghamton City Council Teri Rennia
Binghamton City Council Lea Webb
Binghamton City Council Sean Massey
Binghamton City Council Charles Kramer
Binghamton City Council Edward M. Collins
Mayor Matthew T. Ryan
Gas extraction by high-volume, slickwater, hydraulic fracturing is a heavily industrialized process that in other states has caused significant water, air, and noise pollution, severely snarled traffic and damaged roads; and increased accidents and crime rates.

Gas drilling company are coming to the gas-rich Binghamton area next. If pursued in this area, it would harm tourism, hunting, fishing, agriculture, and our local economy.

Gas companies can force unleased neighbors to allow drilling under their land through compulsory integration. Instead, we should pursue energy conservation and sustainable sources of energy. We also should support community and state initiatives to help local farmers pursue sustainable farming methods that are economically viable.

Neither the Federal nor the New York State government has stepped forward to protect residents from this harmful gas-extraction practice, so local people and their governments must lead the way. Towns all across New York's Marcellus Shale region are taking their future into their own hands and proposing and passing hydrofracking bans.

I would like to see Binghamton, NY join this movement.

The first step would be to give hydrofracking an open local debate. Will you, as a local elected official, propose for public consideration a ban on hydrofracking?

Sincerely,