Preparing for the 'if,' 'when' of fracking

By Brandi Bailey

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 5:53 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's a controversial topic that hasn't yet crossed over the border into New York, but one local committee is preparing.

The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study met to discuss what natural gas drilling trucks do to local roadways.

Participants had one of its members from across the border speak to the committee about the potential of natural gas drilling and the impact of its trucks and heavy equipment on New York roadways.

"Most of our members of our planning committee are local engineers, highway superintendents, they'll be the ones on the front line dealing with this, so we thought it was good to bring someone in and share their experience," said BMTS Director Cyndi Paddick.

BMTS members said they will continue to study the potential transportation impact of natural gas drilling in the event the practice is given the green light in New York.