Taking precautions

An open letter to DEC commissioner Joe Martens:

The Town of New Paltz appreciates the hard work that you and your staff have invested in reviewing the potential impact of permitting hydrofracking in New York State. We also recognize that due to the failure of the New York State legislature to responsibly fund the DEC, the DEC is one of the most under-funded agencies in our state, jeopardizing your ability to safeguard the health of our state residents.

In New York State, 14 inspectors now oversee about 1,000 active oil and gas wells. If high-volume hydraulic fracking . . .

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