Dozens debate positives of hydrofracking

By Perry Russom

Dozens debate positives of hydrofracking

June 12, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York business leaders say hydraulic fracturing will boost the upstate economy by creating more jobs and increasing salaries.

"What I hope is that people will educate themselves," said Heather Bricetti, of the Business Council of New York State. "Don't just listen to one side. Use your own brains. Go take a look at the actual numbers. What the actual experience has been."

Dozens came together in Binghamton Wednesday afternoon to discuss the positives of hydrofracking and natural gas development.

The discussion was the first event in a new "Women and Energy" series.

Speakers said Wednesday engineers from the Greater Binghamton area are heading to different states where gas development is permitted.

Bricetti said too many people are focusing on the negatives of hydrofracking rather than looking at the big picture.

"When you only listen to possible negatives and you don't think about and listen to the benefits, that you're only getting half of the story," said Bricetti.

She compared the issue to a bottle of prescription pills. She said if people only read the warning sign, they would never take the pills.

She said she believes the positives outweigh the negatives in hydrofracking.