Freshmen lawmakers working together to protect New York's water sources
Environmental Conservation Chairman Sen. Mark Grisanti and Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan heard testimony from numerous groups today that included members of the hydrofracking industry, statewide environmental groups, scientists and academics, all individuals who understand the issue of hydraulic fracturing.
"I want to thank those who participated, while there were many varying viewpoints, the hearing was conducted in a way that shows the passion for this issue, as well as its importance," Grisanti said.
The hearing was specific to wastewater treatment and the cuttings that are produced as a result of hydraulic fracturing.
"I was proud to host this hearing with Senator Grisanti in my district and hearing from experts in the industry as well as the community across New York state," Gallivan said. "If hydrofracking is eventually permitted in New York state, it is critical that the process is properly regulated and the Finger Lakes' community water supply is protected. That is my first priority and is why Senator Grisanti and I wanted to host this hearing in the heart of the Finger Lakes today."
The committee will consider all of the testimony heard today, as well as written testimony that has been submitted, to help formulate its agenda for the 2012 legislative session.