The Steuben County town of Pulteney could be the next battleground in the ongoing natural gas exploration debate.

Chesapeake Energy has approached the town about converting a former natural gas well into a disposal facility to handle wastewater from natural gas drilling.

Residents and others in the area already are lining up in opposition to the project, citing potential environmental hazards and other concerns.

In addition, several town officials may have to recuse themselves from the review process because they have leases or other financial ties to Chesapeake Energy.

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