Alfred looks to ban hydrofracking

Local law may prohibit hydraulic fracturing for a year while the community assesses the impacts.

A one-year moratorium on the process commonly known as hydrofracking was discussed at a special town board meeting last Thursday in Alfred.

The board had a draft for local law which looks to protect the town from various effects of this industry, which could have a vast impact on the agricultural area.

The board will be meeting with David Slottje, an Ithaca-based lawyer, on August 18 to finalize the draft for local law.

Fion MacCrea, council member, said this yearlong moratorium would allow time to see what will happen with the Department of Environmental Conservation’s regulations regarding hydrofracking.

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