Local Leaders Hear Hydrofracking Pros and Cons as Decision Looms

Hydrofracking Debate in Corning

CORNING (WENY)--- Governor Cuomo's office is expected to make a decision on hydrofracking in New York within weeks.

Today, local leaders sat down for a look at the potential pros and cons of deep shale drilling. The State Petroleum Council hosted a forum on the local experience of natural gas development in Pennsylvania and how it could affect the empire state.

Studies show, Marcellus Shale wells in PA generated about $3.5 billion dollars in gross revenues for drillers in 2011. The council says drilling creates revenue for local farmers who need updated equipment and production resources.

Karen Moreau, Executive Director of the New York State Petroleum Council says, "We are going to be very involved in the community to help with planning and truck routes and all of those kinds of things that go into making a good development plan."

Tioga County Commissioner and Dairy Farmer, Erick Coolidge says, "I have grandchildren, and I hope that they say 'thank you', instead of 'what were you thinking?'  I have a hunch that we are going to get it right."

Health and environmental groups have pressed for a comprehensive and independent health impact analysis before hydraulic fracturing is allowed in the Empire State.