AVON – Though New York State passed a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ in December, the Avon Town Board is still carefully weighing the options when it comes to local fracking legislation.
At Thursday’s Town Board meeting, Town Attorney Jim Campbell recommended that the Board should plan ahead for any possible legislative changes on the state level by having local policies in place.
“The landscape could stay the same forever or change very rapidly, and that’s the risk,” said Campbell. “If you have a certain feeling, I would recommend that you put in an extension.”
Campbell explained that an ‘extension’ would essentially be another moratorium, prohibiting fracking within the Town of Avon in addition to the state ban.
That way, if the state ban is ever modified or repealed, Avon’s local moratorium would still prohibit fracking within the Town.
Gevornor Andrew Cuomo said in June that the state’s fracking ban is here to stay.
Avon Town Supervisor David LeFeber said that it is better for the current Board to take action on the fracking issue rather than push the issue onto the newly elected members of the Town Board once they officially take office.