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Gibson not ready to support hydrofracking; will run on record

Jul 17, 2012 12:10 am
On Sun., July 15, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson spoke with Jimmy Vielkind of Capitol Confidential and expressed his position on the prospect of opening New York up for hydraulic fracturing. “I’m not in a position to support the governor’s plan until I see that we have a regulatory process that protects the water and the air, that deals with waste water, that deals with chemicals," Gibson said. "I believe we’re a country that can do hard things…if we continue to work hard we ought to be able to find a way to do this safely, but until they find a way, I’m not in a position to support it.” Gibson said he believed the chemicals in any fluid used for hydrofracking should be disclosed, and added, “I don’t think they should have exemptions from the Clean Water Act. I don’t think that’s right.” The Kinderhook Republican will face Democrat challenger Julian Schreibman of Stone Ridge in November, to represent the 19th Congressional District. During the debate with primary opponent Joel Tyner in June, Schreibman said he stood "100 percent" in opposition to fracking. Read the full post at Capitol Confidential.

Kyle Wind reports in the Daily Freeman Gibson opened his campaign headquarters in Ulster, Mon., July 16. More than 100 people listened as Gibson spoke of the importance of controlling costs he said impede growth in the forms of taxes, government regulation, health care and energy. Gibson said he intends to run on his record. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

Gibson opening campaign headquarters in Ulster, July 16. (1:27)
(Courtesy the Daily Freeman)

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