When it comes to the heated debate on hydrofracking, Sen. Thomas Libous has a message for legislators whose districts aren’t targeted for drilling: butt out.

Libous, a Republican from Binghamton, said he’s become increasingly frustrated with downstate lawmakers who have expressed opposition to the controversial hydrofracking technique. Libous’ district is in the area of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that is expected to be targeted by industry first if high-volume hydrofracking gets the green light in New York.

“I’ve been pretty quiet about this, but I find it sometimes a little amusing when senators and assemblymen from Long Island or other parts of the state seem to be so concerned about what we’re going to do in the Southern Tier,” Libous said in a phone interview. “You know what? We need this, and let us deal with it, let us worry about it, let us do it in a safe manner. I really don’t need legislators who represent other areas telling me and people in the Southern Tier how to live.”

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