ARCHIVED: Over One Hundred Sign DEC Petition, December 2008

-Local Natural Gas Coalitions Show Support-

BINGHAMTON, NY - Over one hundred community members have signed on to Broome County's natural gas petition addressed to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) calling for proper environmental oversight and for the permitting process to be promptly established.

, Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala hosted a rally and petition signing at Broome Community College prior to the DEC public scoping meeting. Executive Fiala, Town of Conklin Supervisor Debra Preston, County Legislator Steve Herz and coalition members addressed a crowd of over one hundred people, calling on the DEC to disburse all resources possible to manage the natural gas play in the region. The majority of those in attendance were members of local natural gas coalitions, eager to sign the petition and share with others to garner additional support.

“We understand that this is a polarizing issue for many residents,” said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “We recognize the potential economic benefits from natural gas while being acutely aware of the environmental concerns that surround this natural resource. We are asking for the DEC to handle the review and approval process in an expeditious manner.”

Broome County Legislator Steve Herz shared his unique feelings on being both a land owner and legislator, “Over the years, in order to live on this land, my family has survived many dire economic times. To make ends meet, we've supplemented our farm income in some pretty unusual manners,” he added.

“It is our intent to develop the opportunity that the natural gas play affords us in a responsible and safe manner,” said Herz

Those interested in signing on to the petition can access it by going to:/gasresources/pdfs/gasdrillingpetition.pdf

For additional local information about the natural gas play log on to:

12/03/2008 - 12:00am