Neighbors Gather in Corning for Public Forum on Water Sales

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Dozens of neighbors gathered Saturday at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning to learn about the selling of water from the Corning Aquifer. 

In 2011, the Village of Painted Post began selling water from that aquifer, at the rate of one million gallons a day, to a Shell Oil subsidiary to use for fracking in Pennsylvania.

On New Year's Eve, the Fourth Division Appellate in Rochester halted the sale of the water from the Village until a proper environmental review was completed. 

"The court said, 'yes they have to do an environmental review, they're not exempt.' Now they can do a review," said Rachel Treichler.

Treichler, an attorney who represented groups opposing the sale of the water from the aquifer, also presented information at the forum on Saturday.

"They plan to go forward and do a review, and so we want to make sure that they understand the different impacts they should look at when they do the review," Treichler said. 

 


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