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Westmoreland passes one year moratorium on hydrofracking

By WKTV News

WESTMORELAND, N.Y. (WKTV) - The controversial practice of hydrofracking was the topic of conversation Monday night, this time in the Town of Westmoreland. After a public hearing, the Westmoreland Town Board passed a one year moratorium on the process of natural gas drilling.

Hydrofracking is when a stream of water, sand and chemicals is used to break up the shale underneath the surface of the earth, releasing pockets of natural gas. Some people in attendance at Monday night's meeting at the Westmoreland Town Hall brought up some concerns they have with hydrofracking. Opponents say they don't believe the technology is there yet-- and too many questions linger about the process. "I think it's not being pushed because it's the right time or the right place I think it's being pushed by money," says Pat Lewis, "and I think it's all with the ideas of making money and I don't think it's money for New Yorkers or for us I think it's more for the companies."

More than two dozen people attended the public hearing and fifteen of them took the floor. They were not all against the practice, four people spoke in favor of hydrofracking. Proponents say drilling will create thousands of jobs and spur New York's economy. The vote to pass the moratorium was not unanimous, Westmoreland Town Supervisor Gregory Sydoriw says the board voted 3 to 1.

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