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Public hearing held on proposed Albany County fracking bill

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A public hearing on a proposed bill that would prohibit the treatment of fracking brine and its spread in Albany County brought out many people against fracking to the Albany County Courthouse on Tuesday night.

A few Albany County legislators at the hearing said toxic substances could end up on city streets and worse, all of the city's drinking water.

Tim Lipbert, a farmer who makes his living off the land, said he came out to the hearing at the hearing to standup in support of Local Law C.

The law, introduced by county legislator Bryan Clenahan, would prohibit the treatment of fracking brine in wastewater treatment facilities in Albany County, and prohibits the spreading of fracking brine as a de-icing agent on Albany County roads.

Many spoke out in support of Local Law C, bringing up study after study that shows the waste product could be harmful if spread out on county roads.

But some county leaders questioned if there were any specific studies done on the actual brine mixture that counties buy.

 

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