Otego One Step Closer To Gas Drilling Ban

By Jenna Hanchard

May 9, 2012 Updated May 10, 2012 at 5:18 AM EDT

Town of Otego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local town is one step closer to a possible ban on natural gas drilling. The Town of Otego is looking into establishing a local law that would ban natural gas drilling within town limits.

If approved, the town would join several other municipalities including the City of Binghamton, the Town of Dryden, the Town of Oneonta and others in banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing.

Meanwhile, New York has not made a decision about allowing natural gas drilling by fracking in the State.

Some town residents like Clark Rhoades support a drilling moratorium.

"I think the moratorium is absolutely necessary. It needs to be done safely and the technology is not here at this time for it to be done safely," said Rhoades.

Those living in neighboring towns such as Dan Powers, who live in the Town of Hartwick, fear they could miss out on an opportunity make money by leasing their land.

"I have a lot of land in Hartwick and I want to be able to utilize my resources and if each little town has it's own laws its going to very difficult for any company to want to come in here and do any business with anybody. That's my concern," said Powers.

Town board members requested attorneys to look into drawing up legislation that would establish a local ban.