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Final public hearing held on ‘fracking’ procedures ban

A ban on spreading hydraulic fracturing waste on roadways and using county roads to ship “fracking” wastes into the county for treatment is expected to be come up for vote Dec. 12 by the Erie County Legislature.

Several dozen supporters of the proposal spoke out Tuesday during the final public hearing on the issue. A petition with 3,845 signatures supporting the law also was presented.

Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant, who is the sponsor of the bill, wants Erie County to join 15 other counties in the state that have passed similar legislation.

The measure also calls for a ban on high-volume fracking on county land, which is not considered a major issue because the Marcellus Shale “sweet spot” for fracking is outside Erie County in the Southern Tier, roughly from Allegany to Broome counties.

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