Broome County launches natural gas website

By Kelly McCarthy

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 7:24 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County's Office for Energy Development announces the launch of a new website focusing on natural gas resources.

It's presented as an online tool to help answer questions related to natural gas and its potential impacts.

The website is www.BroomeNaturalGas.com.

The county intends for the website to be tailored for residents, businesses and industry.

"We didn't try to develop all the content," said Margaret Scarinzi, Director of the Office of Energy Development, "We rather tried to connect people to the most current information to make it relevant and important so people can educate themselves. Knowledge is power and we believe this tool will be a great resource for Broome County."

The website was launch by Broome County's Office of Energy Development and it was created to be a place where people can find the answers their own questions.

"We try to put as much as we can on here, and if not, we try to give them the links to get to that," said Preston-R, "So that people can find out on their own and make an informed decision. Because nothing is more important than an informed decision, whatever that may be."

County Executive Debbie Preston says even though she does support natural gas drilling, the website is not an endorsement or a push for New York State to allow hydraulic fracturing.

Citizen Action of New York released a statement in response to the new website. The following statement was submitted by e-mail from Isaac Silberman-Gorn.

"The launch of this website further confirms that the Office of ‘Energy Development’ is ignoring the dangers of the unsafe, polluting fracking process. It ignores the many news articles that document air and water contamination and negative health impacts," Silberman-Gorn said. "Instead of wasting $6,000 of tax payer money on this public relations stunt, the office should be promoting the many local renewable and retrofitting efforts available to Broome County residents."

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