I submit this letter as a longtime resident of the Finger Lakes region and as a founding member of Cayuga AntiFracking Alliance and Save Owasco Now-groups that have worked to protect water resources in the Finger Lakes.
The Republican candidate for the newly formed NYS 24th Congressional District, Claudia Tenney, is in favor of fracking. This August as the Representative of the NYS 22nd District she introduced a bill that would withhold federal funds from certain grants unless NYS repeals the statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing. The statewide ban was put in place in 2015 due to the efforts of many of us in the Finger Lakes region. We understand that the short term energy benefits of fracking can result in devastating impacts to our water resources. The danger to agriculture, tourism, recreation and the health of our citizens far exceed any temporary energy gain.