"Canandaigua, N.Y. — Candidates are lining up behind the issue of gas drilling as the controversial method called hydrofracking takes center stage this election season in the Finger Lakes region.
Hydraulic fracturing involves high-pressure injection of millions of gallons of chemical-laced water into a well to crack rock and release gas. Opponents fear it could endanger drinking water, but the industry says it has been done safely for decades.
On Thursday, Republican Janice Volk, who is running as a write-in candidate for the 29th Congressional District, said in a statement she opposes the moratorium on hydrofracking, which the state Senate voted to extend, saying hydrofracking would benefit the economy through new jobs and royalties gas companies pay land owners. The Allegany County resident added the money could be used to pay off the state’s debt."
Julie Sherwood reports for the Canandaigua Messenger Post September 10, 2010.