Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Congressman Tom Reed, Nate Shinagawa Disagree on Fracking
By Devin Demarco and Christine Loman Evening Tribune Albany, NY — Congressman Tom Reed (R-C, Big Flats) and his opponent Nate Shinagawa differed sharply Monday on hydrofracking and its potential to create jobs in the area. Reed said in a conference call that he supports the growth of Marcellus Shale industry in upstate New York, because he believes it will lead to an influx of new jobs. "The Marcellus Shale development in our area, and in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, requires and demands local labor," said Reed. Reed said that the gas industry will need to hire local workers because they are running out of their own workers to bring into the area. Shinagawa said he doesn't think the focus should be on the gas industry specifically when trying to create jobs. "Fracking shouldn't create blinders to other, safer industries in New York," Shinagawa said. Shinagawa said the focus should be on incentivizing manufacturing, as well as investing in renewable energy. Increasing the funding of local schools and community colleges could positively affect the job market, he said. Reed, however, was clear in welcoming fracking to the area. "We want to make sure that we position ourselves to be in the best position to take advantage of the development of this resource as it develops in the northern tier of Pennsylvania, as well as potentially here in upstate New York," he said.