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August 15, 2013

Fracking foes urge county, Bassett to reject move to natural gas


“There is no way of stopping the methane emissions (from gas drilling) and no way of stopping the migration from that into our water supplies,” Kosmer said.

A supporter of gas drilling, County Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts, said it would behoove the county to look into converting its buildings to natural gas if it will cut costs. He contended that Kuzminski is an extremist whose views, including his support for a special income tax on local residents, are out of step with the outlook of most people.

Rowinski said she wants to know more specifics about XNG’s plans, such as the number and size of the trucks that would ferry the gas into Otsego County.

Taking issue with the arguments advanced by Kuzminski and Kosmer, she said: “I don’t believe we’re going to get gas drilling here because this county does this.”

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