LWV press Portland on sound decisions regarding hydrofracking

BROCTON – The Portland Town Council was met by well-prepared members of the League of Women Voters recently at the start of their monthly council meeting.

Citing the transportation of wastewater and brine through parts of Chautauqua County en route to disposal sites in Pennsylvania, Linda Warner urged the town council to “express support for Chautauqua County action to prevent damage to the water table, lakes, streams, wildlife and agriculture, tourism and water purification plants in our county by enacting positive regulations.”

LWV member and long time Brocton resident Inez Krohn also addressed the councilmen with “Five Frightening Facts about Fracking,” taken from www.foodandwaterwatch.org.

“I’ve been a Brocton resident for over 35 years. It’s a wonderful place to live and I want to make sure that it’s a safe place to live,” stated Krohn.

“Fracking a single well can require more than one million gallons of water; dangerous fracking chemicals are kept secret; big oil and gas are exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Air Act, and that one surprised me; you can literally light your tap water on fire; and the number of fracking wells is growing at an exponential rate. I would ask that you consider your health and well-being, as well as your children’s and grandchildren’s health and well-being by supporting positive regulations,” concluded Krohn.

Diane Hofner, who has advocated for the decreased dependence on coal ash locally, and Genevieve Ludemann also addressed the councilmen in hopes that they will consider the proposed resolution which would be forwarded to Chautauqua County.

Krohn also pointed out that Chautauqua County consistently scores low on air quality testing annually as compared to other regions in the state. Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz, who told the women he and the council would review the resolution, added, “A lot of our air in this part of the state comes straight out of Detroit, which many may not realize.”