Keuka Lake Association leaders to meet with lawmakers on hydrofracking

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The KLA (Keuka Lake Association) has announced plans for several meetings with federal and state officials in the month of April. The meetings are designed to ensure the officials understand the position of the KLA and its 1700 members regarding the issue of Hydrofracking in the Finger Lakes Region. Very specifically, the KLA supports a ban on Slick Water Horizontal Hydrofracking for natural gas until it can be determined safe based on scientific analysis. In addition the safe disposal of waste materials that could contaminate the surface waters within the Keuka Lake Watershed must also be assured.

On April 15th representatives of the KLA will meet with Deputy DEC Commissioner Eugene Leff along with the new Director of Materials Management. On April 26th a meeting with Congressman Thomas Reed will occur in the Congressman’s Pittsford office. In these meetings the KLA expects to be able to reinforce its position on Hydrofracking and share some feedback recently obtained from its members on the issue.

The KLA is also working with the offices of Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens, State Assemblyman Tom O’Mara and State Senator Phil Palmesano to secure similar meetings. The KLA is hopeful that they will be able to arrange these additional meetings over the next several weeks.

In March, Steuben County Legislator Mike Hanna attended a KLA meeting regarding Hydrofracking. During this meeting Hanna was able to preview some of the initial findings of a survey conducted by the KLA with its members on the issue of Hydrofracking within the Keuka Lake Watershed. Hanna indicated that this meeting provided a clear understanding of the KLA’s position.

A March survey of KLA members was an attempt to better understand the position of KLA members on the issue of Hydrofracking. The survey results will be available in the coming days and will be published on the KLA website in April. In addition, the results will also be reported to the members in the next KLA newsletter. The results will be used by the KLA to better represent the interests of its members on this issue and for its overall mission to protect the lake.

For details about KLA visit   http://www. keukalakeassoc.org/