senator stands up for farmers against fracking
Fracking: Time To Slow Down?
By Tom Parrett
What is a conservative Republican State Senator doing standing in the way of a big economic program ostensibly full of new jobs?
Senator Greg Ball (R-Putnam and Eastern Dutchess) said, “We’re on the precipice of a multibillion-dollar industry coming into our state.” However, he added he had questions. “To come and profit off of our land and our resources, these questions better get answered.”
Ball was head of an August 22 hearing to assess high-pressure hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the natural-gas industry’s technology for freeing gas from shale. He hoped to bring together the drilling industry, experts, opponents, and several Pennsylvania citizens who’d had first-hand experience of the industry’s work.
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