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Ommegang Brewery site of anti-hydrofracking concert

By CAROLINE GABLE

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - The microphone onstage at the Ommegang brewery's farmhouse facility served as a call to rally against hydrofracking in Upstate New York. Through music and through their words, all activists echoed the same sentiment about their worst fears if shale gas hydrofracking comes to their community.

"We support a careful study before we launch this. These are serious matters, they could contaminate our water our air and our land, it may be there are other technologies to extract this gas but it is just too soon to tell," said Otsego 2000 Board President Nicole Dillingham.

The breweries stake in the battle is simple, hydrofracking could adversely effect their product and their business, " to be honest it is just all about the water. We have here in Upstate New York some of the most perfect water in the world, and not a lot of people know that it is as near perfect for making beer than what you could ever want, " commented Simon Thorpe the C.E.O. and President of Ommegang.

The pristine landscape of Central New York is home to not only wildlife but the Marcellus Shale, and the controversial process of digging to extract it, leaves many of these concert goers worried that could change the scene forever. "The biggest thing about this issue is the industrialization of the landscape. There is a lot of technicalities and real serious problems with the process and potential for contaminating ground water," said activist and Catskill Mountainkeeper Wes Gillingham.

There is a moratorium on hydrofracking in New York State, that expires this summer. When it does you can be sure these activists will continue fighting for more research on the practice of hydrofracking, in hopes of protecting their property.

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