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Fracking With Propane Proposed In NY's Southern Tier

Matt Rourke

  If you thought fracking of any kind would never happen in New York State after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration officially banned large-scale hydraulic fracturing on June 29, think again. A proposal to frack for natural gas using gelled propane and sand was announced Wednesday in the Southern Tier.

A drilling application was filed Tuesday with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, by Tioga Energy Partners- a contracting company working with the Snyder Farm Group, a collection of five Tioga County farm families who have leased land for natural gas development. 

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle quotes the partners legal counsel - “We are outside of the state’s ban. The state banned high-volume hydraulic fracturing, but that’s not what we’re doing.”  The group wants to tap in to the Utica Shale formation by developing a 53-acre natural gas well in the town of Barton, some 30 miles east of Elmira.

The well pad would occupy about 3 and a half acres on a  150-acre hay and corn farm.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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