“The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes... is committed to preserving the natural beauty and the purity of the water in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Its scenic lakes and majestic landscape make the region worth preserving for future generations. We promote preservation by objectively identifying, informing and educating the general public, officials and administrators on environmental threats. One potential threat to the pristine environment of the Finger Lakes region is the drilling of deep wells to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale. Beginning soon, there will be deep wells drilled here using a process called ‘hydraulic fracturing.’ Because of the chemicals used in the process, water and environmental pollution has happened in other areas. It could happen here. The highly hazardous products used to fracture Marcellus shale are clearly a potential danger to water resources in New York State.”

That is the official position of the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes as stated on their website, www.preservethefingerlakes.com.

An unincorporated, not-for-profit association of unpaid volunteers, the CPFL seeks to be a “super-cooperator” for the public, municipal officials, and action groups to have access to the growing body of evidence of the risks that accompany the potential benefits promoted by the gas drilling industry.

In an interview with CPFL Chairman Peter Gamba, and member Joe Hoff, their organization was described as largely comprised of retirees who use their available time, education, and experience to organize the effort to preserve the waters of the Finger Lakes, as well as the rural, agricultural, and recreational atmosphere of the region.

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