Fracking Resolution in Colesville Sparks Debate

By Adam Chick

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM EDT

Town of Colesville, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Neighbors in Colesville are upset about a fracking resolution they say was passed without their input.

The resolution in question doesn't support or denounce hydrofracking in Colesville.

What it said is that leaders will not prematurely push for a ban on the practice.

Those in attendance tonight were visibly upset about the way this resolution was approved by board members.

The resolution was introduced May 3 at the end of a meeting and passed on the spot.

Residents of Colesville spoke for over an hour against the resolution, trying their best to change the board's mind.

However, the board says it will stand by their decision.

The resolution has now been sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.

Members of the board say it's now out of their hands.

"Personally I think we all need energy. Yes, I support gas drilling if it's done responsibly," said Councilman Glen Winsor.

"Our representatives, you know, are not representing us. Because if there was indeed a referendum or some sort of vote on whether to allow hydrofracking, I'm fairly certain that it would not come out in the majority of pro-fracking," said resident Laurie Lippman.

The wording in the resolution basically says they're going to wait on a decision on fracking from the state before they make any local determination.

They said it would be unwise to rush into a local ban before they have the facts.

The resolution states the town has confidence in the state to develop a program that allows development of natural gas resources in a safe, responsible and competitive matter.