Yates endorses Marcellus Shale recommendations

PENN YAN — Yates County legislators Monday endorsed the Marcellus Shale Task Forces’ recommendations to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The county task force recommended minimizing the negative impact of natural gas drilling through:

• Stormwater pollution prevention plan review, compliance and enforcement

• Equal protection of water supplies

• Protection of agricultural lands and coordination with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets

• Addressing quality-of-life/agritourism concerns

• Community health and safety efforts

• Road use agreements

A public comment period on the DEC’s draft supplemental environmental impact statement on drilling was recently extended from 30 days to 60.

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