By Marcello Iaia
WESTERLO — The town board will make any final decisions about laws addressing hydraulic fracturing. The board agreed at its June 4 meeting to release next month its report on the process of extracting natural gas.
Councilmembers originally supported having a referendum on the issue in November, arguing that such a controversial and important issue as hydraulic fracturing should be decided by residents.
“We informed them that there’s no legal basis for them to put that on the ballot,” said Aline Galgay, the town’s attorney, on Wednesday.
Leonard Laub, a former planning board chairman, noted from the gallery during the Tuesday meeting that state law allows for referenda only in certain circumstances.