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Hydrofracking can be conducted safely.

That’s according to a state Health Department analysis on the controversial drilling process obtained by the New York Times.

The results of this study, though, are not enough to put opponents at ease. The Stafford Town Board’s appointed Hydrofracking Study Committee is holding a meeting this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall to provide residents with more information. David Kowalski, a guest speaker with a background in biology who has studied hydrofracking, will be present to explain how hydrofracking could affect lives right here in Genesee County.

Jim Southall, the financial secretary and conservation chairman of Genesee County Fish and Game, has lived in the Town of Stafford since 1954.

“I just don’t think that it’s worth the risk of contaminating the water and the ground with these carcinogenic chemicals for ages to come because our children, our grandchildren and their children are going to suffer from this just for a little economic gain right now," Southall said.

Southall says proponents, opponents and people on the fence should attend the meeting because there will be knowledgeable discussion and information resources distributed.

Governor Cuomo, meanwhile, continues to evaluate the pros and cons of hydrofracking before making a decision to approve it.

The study, according to the Times, is a summary of research from the state and other resources that explains hydrofracking’s affect on water sources, naturally occurring radiological material found in the ground, air omissions and on “potential socioeconomic and quality-of-life impacts."

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