New Hartford residents speak out against hydrofracking in the town

By WKTV News

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - It was a standing room only crowd in Butler Hall in New Hartford Wednesday, where people who oppose hydrofracking gathered to discuss the issue.

Everyone there opposes the practice of natural gas drilling. Some opponents have been collecting signatures door to door in New Hartford and many people in attendance want a six-month moratorium in the town.

Residents say it is something that should be on the minds of politicians come election season.

"We rely on fresh water, obviously, to grow vegetables," said Nancy Grove, who owns a farm in New Hartford. "Pond water...we use well water to wash the vegetables...and I'm concerned from a business standpoint, economic standpoint and just because this is food that we're growing. Food that people in this region eat."

The State Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to release a new study on hydrofracking by the end of this year. The New York State Assembly has passed an extension on the moratorium on hydrofracking that would expire in June 2012.

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