Hydrofracking is topic of Farm Forum

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes is sponsoring a free Farm Forum entitled “Hydrofracking and Agriculture: The Promise and the Reality” on March 15th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Penn Yan Middle School auditorium, 515 Liberty St., Penn Yan.

The session is open to all and will be particularly important to not just the farm community but to all property owners and interested citizens.  Farmers and food distributors throughout New York State from theSouthern Tier to Buffalo, have expressed their interest in attending.

The panel will be chaired by Yates County organic farmer, Klaas Martens and will include farmers from Pennsylvania who have had direct experience with natural gas drilling and the impact on their land and crops, a land owner who has experience with natural gas company leases, a New York City attorney who will answer questions about gas leases and a local vintner and business owner who will suggest considerations for the future.


• Ron Gulla and Terry Greenwood – Farmers from Washington County, Pennsylvania: “Lessons to be learned: What a Look Back Tells Us about Farming and Fracking.”  Ron and Terry will address what their experience with natural gas drilling and drilling companies on their land has taught them.

• Leslie Lewis – Attorney with the NYC firm, Napoli, Bern and Ripka… “Leases and Your Best Interests.” Ms. Lewis will share information and answer questions about gas leases and the farmer.

• Ellen Harrison – founder of Fleased Organization – “What I Now Know and Should Have Known Then.” Ms. Harrison will speak about her research and actual experience as a landowner with natural gas drilling companies.

• Art Hunt – Vineyardist and Co-Owner of Hunt Country Vineyards… “Lessons Learned and Considerations for the Future.”  Art is a fifth generation landowner/farmer in Yates County.  

• Klaas Martens – who operates one of the largest organic farms in New York State.  Klaas will serve as the panel’s moderator.