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By a unanimous vote, the Westchester County Board of Legislators Monday voted to voice its opposition to proposed natural gas drilling projects of the Marcellus Shale rock formation in the Catskill Delaware Region.
The measure, sponsored by Legislator Peter Harckham (D-Katonah), urges Governor Paterson and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to ban hydrofracking, or drilling, for natural gas near the Catskill and Delaware watersheds, which provide Westchester and New York City with 80-90 percent of their drinking water.
The Legislators are asking that a moratorium be placed on hydrofracking throughout the state. Hydrofracking involves the use of chemicals that can infiltrate source and groundwater and pose other environmental and public health hazards. Said Harckham, "There are just too many unanswered questions about the safety of the technology, the chemicals used in the process, the amounts of water used and contaminated, as well as other risks to the environment." Harckham chairs the Board of Legislators' Energy and Envionment committee.
The sentiments were echoed by fellow committee member, Legislator John Testa (R-Peekskill) who says "The technology behind hydrofracking is imperfect at best."
Westchester joins other counties, like Cortland, Onondaga and Tompkins in calling for a moratorium on hydrofracking the Marcellus Shale rock formation.
The fourth suspect in a Buchanan home invasion robbery is now in police custody. Police in Delaware arrested 29 year old Scott Briscoe of Mahopac at a friend's home. Officials say Briscoe has waived extradition and is expected to be returned to Westchester County.
Police say Briscoe and three other men burst into an apartment on Tate Avenue around 7:45 Monday, and tied him up at gunpoint. No one was hurt, but cash and other items were stolen. Briscoe faces robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and other felony charges. All four suspects are due in Village Court on Tuesday. Cops say the robbers knew the victim and targeted him due to the large amount of money in the home.
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