CLERMONT — The towns of Germantown, Livingston and Clermont will conduct a joint open discussion of hydrofracking, featuring opinions both for and against, July 26 at Germantown Town Hall, Clermont Town Supervisor Ray Staats told his Town Board Monday.
The time of the meeting has not yet been set.
Hydrofracking is a process that involves sending a mixture of water, sand and chemicals deep into the ground to break apart rocks to release natural gas that is captured and brought to the surface.
It has been supported because natural gas is a cleaner fuel than coal or petroleum, and promises economic benefits to its host venues. There has been resistance to it because of the possibility of aquifer contamination from the fracking as well as from containment ponds of contaminated water.
The Germantown Town Board passed an 18-month moratorium on fracking at its April meeting. The Taghkanic Town Board is in process of passing one at present. The Clermont Town Board has been studying the issue.
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