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  • St. Johnsville schedules hearing on hydrofracking

  • The members of the St. Johnsville Village Board of Trustees will conduct a public hearing on their proposed moratorium on hydraulic fracturing on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

    The public hearing was scheduled to take place prior to the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night, however, Mayor Bernard Barnes said due to advertising issues the hearing had to be postponed.

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  • The members of the St. Johnsville Village Board of Trustees will conduct a public hearing on their proposed moratorium on hydraulic fracturing on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
    The public hearing was scheduled to take place prior to the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night, however, Mayor Bernard Barnes said due to advertising issues the hearing had to be postponed.
    The Aug. 14 hearing will begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Community House on Washington Street.
    The proposed moratorium would ban natural gas and petroleum exploration and extraction activities on village-owned property for one year, said Barnes. He added the ban would provide village officials with additional time to research the hydrofracking process before making a decision about it.
    Barnes also said the proposal would prohibit the underground storage and/or disposal of waste associated with the horizontal drilling activity within the village for one year.
    High-volume horizontal hydrofracking involves mixing chemicals with millions of gallons of water and pumping the mixture into wells to create fractures in rock formations that allow natural gas to be harvested. While opponents charge hydrofracking is dangerous and contaminates the environment, especially the water supply, proponents of the process say the Environmental Protection Agency has yet to make any significant findings related to water contamination.
    The village’s proposed local law has been reviewed by members of the Montgomery County Planning Board, who identified no issues with the moratorium.
    The board of trustees will meet for their regular monthly session after the hearing on Aug. 14.
    In other business Tuesday night, Hart’s Paving was awarded a $5,200 contract to patch asphalt in the village. The money for the project will come from the village’s 2011 and 2012 state Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program funds — $2,200 from 2011 and $3,000 from 2012.
    •The board authorized payment of $45,530 to Pollard Excavating to close out the Averill Street project, which was funded with $589,000 in 2010 Community Development Block Grant funds.
    •The board members changed the date of their September monthly meeting to Sept. 11. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Community House.
    •Barnes announced the village and St. Johnsville Central School District will work together on an application for Safe Routes to School program funding to make sidewalk repairs. He said further details about the project and grant program could be presented during the board’s Aug. 14 meeting.

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