Preparing for Drilling on Broome County Roads

By Erika Mahoney

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 7:06 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After Broome County Executive Debbie Preston signed the 2013 Broome County Budget, it was right back to work for county legislators.

At the top of the agenda, preparing for possible gas drilling in New York.

The legislature passed a resolution in a 15 to 2 vote Thursday to update the Broome County road use agreement.

According to Chairman Jerry Marinich, the county will soon have a new plan for all companies who put heavy use vehicles on county roads for a lengthy period of time, but it will not affect local deliveries.

"Say someone is building a large development, and you have the same trucks going over that all the time, for months on end, well they're going to have to fall into road use agreement," said Marinich. "If someone is going to be drilling, if that should happen in New York state, then they're going to have to follow the orders, it's not just exclusive to drilling."

Marinich adds the county's municipalities will be able to look to the county's road use plan if they want to update their own rules.

A public hearing will be held on the local law before it goes to the county executive for her signature.

As of now, there is no say on when it could take affect.

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