Council Member Wants All Great Lake Cities to Ban Hydrofracking

February 9, 2011 Updated Feb 9, 2011 at 8:07 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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February 9, 2011 Updated Feb 9, 2011 at 8:07 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- Buffalo is now the first city in the state to ban hydrofracking, and the second in the nation. Now, Common Council is taking it's stance on the road to warn cities on the Great Lakes.
Rita Yelda from Frack Action of Buffalo submitted 1600 signatures asking Buffalo City Council to ban hydrofracking in the city.
Council passed the resolution unanimously adding a ban to storing and disposing of fracking waste in city limits. Council member Richard Fontana says it's a start, but not enough. He's going to Cleveland to lobby to ban fracking water from Lake Erie.
Erie County Executive Chris Collins doesn't see hydrofracking as a major issue for our area since most drilling happens in Central New York and Pennsylvania. "I'm personally convinced that it is safe." He tells us, "The technology is there to make sure our water supply is not impacted."
Fontana believes waste from nearby sites is just as damaging. He says there are "pretty heavy duty chemicals" that pollute the water and then the sewers.
Collins also believes hydrofracking will support New York's growth during difficult economic times. He says hydrofracking will supply much needed jobs. Fontana tells us the cost is too high.
Common council members are hoping other cities along the great lakes join them in banning fracking.
Frack Action is also putting pressure on New York state and Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban the practice.