It is my pleasure to share the news that this evening the Town of Jerusalem became the first of ten townships in the Keuka Lake watershed to prohibit high volume, slick water hydraulic fracture drilling (fracking) by use of a comprehensive zoning ordinance. The decision of the board culminates an 11 month intensive review process conducted by a committee of volunteer residents which began in March of 2011 with a moratorium of natural gas drilling in this New York Finger Lakes municipality.
In a statement read prior to the vote, Town Supervisor Daryl Jones said…
“Most important to me was the research and analysis that presented facts that fracking as it is currently done is not safe. It is not safe for the waters we drink. It is not safe for the crops we grow and the produce we eat. It is not safe for the livestock we raise. And it is not safe for the waters of Keuka Lake in which our children and grandchildren swim, fish and play.
Research proved without a doubt that property values, agriculture and tourism would suffer if fracking came to our town. The idyllic image of Mennonite wagons would be replaced with massive truck traffic of 18 wheelers loaded with waters that contain chemicals that threaten our well-being.”
Similar action to Jerusalem’s is currently in progress in eight of the remaining nine townships in the watershed of Keuka Lake.
Joe Hoff, Chairman