ARCHIVED: Broome Officials Speak about Natural Gas Leasing at NYSAC Legislative Conference, February 2009

(BINGHAMTON, NY) This week at the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Legislative Conference in Albany, Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala will moderate an information session on natural gas leasing lead by County Attorney Joseph Sluzar and Deputy County Executive Patrick Brennan. The two officials will discuss the relationship of local governments with the natural gas play that is taking place in the Southern Tier. Sluzar has also traveled to Fort Worth, Texas in August and December to meet with local experts well versed in natural gas harvesting, which is occurring there in communities located on the Barnett Shale range.

“Natural gas leasing has the potential to provide many benefits to our communities,” said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “Our efforts have been focused upon assuring that those benefits are achieved without harm to our community and the environment.”

Broome County is located on the Marcellus Shale rage that extends from Upstate NY southwesterly through Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. There has been significant interest from natural gas companies to drill for natural gas and several have already established leasing agreements with landowners and coalitions in Broome County.  

During the natural gas presentation at NYSAC, County Attorney Joe Sluzar will provide officials with background information, industry trends and current actions being taken by local governments. Broome County officials have been working closely with municipalities, coalitions and interested parties to addresses issues and concerns associated with the harvesting of natural gas.

“We have taken an active approach to establish due diligence by researching and studying other communities who have had significant experience with natural gas leasing,” stated Joe Sluzar, Broome County Attorney. “Working closely with our state leaders, local officials, local coalition members we are able to collaborate and address issues in a multifaceted manner.”

Recently, Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala issued a letter to local governments regarding the establishment of local laws to protect roadways that will be experiencing increased traffic from natural gas drilling. A local law addressing truck traffic will be presented to the Broome County Legislature during the February session.

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02/09/2009 - 4:28pm