There’s enough water to accommodate a possible shale gas drilling boom in the Southern Tier, but it must be managed carefully, representatives from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission told Chemung County officials during a visit to the area Friday.

The amount of fresh water used for high-volume hydraulic fracturing is one of the more contentious topics in the raging debate over allowing the technique to be used by drillers in upstate New York.

The Friends of the Chemung River Watershed arranged for the SRBC to give a presentation on the issue Wednesday morning in the conservation log cabin at the Chemung County Fairgrounds.

It was attended by, among others, officials from the county’s Water Quality Coordination Committee, Storm Water Coalition, Environmental Management Council and Executive’s Advisory Commission on Natural Energy Solutions.

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