The City of Plattsburgh Votes Unanimously Thursday Night to ban Hydrofracking within the City Limits and to prohibit activities associated with Hydraulic Fracturing such as the use of the City of Plattsburgh’s Wastewater Collection system for the disposal of waste-water from Hydraulic Fracturing..
Mary Dufore lives in Plattsburgh.. She commended the board for their actions.. and she was followed by Mary Elle Shimo who also stood up at the meeting in favor of the City’s decision to ban Hydraulic Fracturing. Mary Elle spoke while hugging a child who is four years old and suggested she wanted her child to grow up without the fear of contaminated water.
Councilman Mike Kelly says says he’s observed that approximately 210 municipalities in the State of New York have passed similar resolutions.. Kelly says the first goal of his resolution is to prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing from ever occurring within the City Limits of the City of Plattsburgh.. Secondly, he hopes to prevent additional activities including disposal of water from fracking, mining of sand, and the transport of gas through the city if it has been acquired from fracking.
In addition to the resolution, Kelly hopes to send a letter to Governor Cuomo, thanking him on behalf of the City of Plattsburgh for prohibiting hydraulic fracturing in New York State to date and to encouraging him to continue to do so and make the ban permanent.. Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon says while the issue of fracking within the city limits may not arise simply due to the space limitations, he thinks the rest of councilor Kelly’s proposal makes good sense..