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October 28, 2013

Northrup: Fracking not likely in Otsego County


Northup argued that Governor Cuomo knows that New York has poor gas reserves in its Marcellus and Utica Shale, which was why he has been delaying drilling.

In the question and answer period, Northrup stressed the need for people to get involved on the local level if they wanted to oppose fracking. He also voiced his objections to compulsory integration, and said that he had no position on the Constitution Pipeline. He did say, however, that he did not think the pipeline was a stealth tactic to bring fracking to the area.

When asked about the end game for fracking in New York state Northrup said, "I don't think anything's going to happen in (the next) twenty years."

Northrup will join former Mobile executive Lou Allstadt, systems engineer Jerry Acton and beologist Brian Brock for a presentation at Cornell on Oct. 30. This presentation will focus on the Marcellus and Utica Shale in New York, and its potential for natural gas production, and will be moderated by Dr. Tony Ingraffea, a professor of engineering at Cornell. It will begin at 7 p.m. at the Hollister Hall Auditorium.

The 7th Generation Lecture Series brings three environmentally focused lectures to SUNY Cobleskill's campus every semester. The next lecture will be in December, and will focus on back yard birds. The program is in its fifth semester.

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