Following a tour of Pennsylvania communities affected by hydraulic fracturing, Sen. Greg Ball, D-Patterson, has scheduled a public hearing on the issue he’s calling “Getting the Facts on Fracking” on Tuesday in Katonah, Westchester County.
Environmentalists dominated a Westchester public hearing yesterday on the controversial process of hydrofracking to tap upstate natural-gas supplies, as representatives of the energy industry refused to show up, claiming the deck was stacked against them.
KATONAH, NY (WAMC) - The debate over expanded natural gas exploration in New York shifted to an unusual spot Tuesday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief attended a state hearing on the topic of hydraulic fracturing, which was held in Westchester County
New Yorkers are still sharply divided over whether hydrofracking should be allowed. The big holdup is whether drilling can be done without environmental damage. State Senator Greg Ball wanted to get a firsthand look at the impact of hydrofracking, so he traveled to Pennsylvania with filmmaker Josh Fox.
Just when you think no human in government is willing to step up and speak out, the phone rings. Your master lets you know it’s time to google “what does a senator do,” and then Senator Greg Ball (NY- R, C) shows up the next day. The local paper ran my human family’s op/ed piece about the visit, and the text of it is below.
You’ve got to give him credit for unpredictability: Hudson Valley Republican Sen. Greg Ball typically wears his conservatism on his sleeve — the former Air Force officer is pro-gun, speaks frequently about the need to cut spending and has significant Tea Party support.