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Congressman Tom Reed and Colleagues Call for Agriculture Representative on High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel;Recommend that Governor Cuomo add farm representative to group

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Washington, DC, August 24, 2011 | comments

Congressman Tom Reed today joined three House colleagues in calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to name a representative from the New York Farm Bureau to his Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel.  Reps. Chris Gibson, Richard Hanna and Bill Owens teamed with Reed to send a letter to Gov. Cuomo recommending that the agriculture community be represented on the panel given the significant impact that natural gas exploration will have on family farms

The members jointly wrote that it is important that a representative of the agriculture community be included “to ensure that the interests of agriculture are recognized when developing recommendations to the Department of Environmental Conservation.”  

“This panel is empowered to make recommendations to the DEC which will have a significant impact on farms across New York,” explained Reed, Co-Chairman of the Marcellus Shale Caucus in the House of Representatives. “To leave farmers without a voice as it moves forward is an oversight which needs to be corrected.”

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