At the Sidney Town Board meetings, Supervisor Bob McCarthy has taken the position that hydrofracking is essential: the gas, he notes, is needed to run the former Sidney Hospital, now a branch of Bassett HealthCare of Cooperstown.

However, on February 9, 2011, The Bassett Board of Trustees issued a statement that opposes hydrofracking in New York State, for health reasons. More, on February 23, 2011, the Bassett Medical Staff issued a resolution that opposes hydrofracking for health reasons.

At the August, 2012 Sidney Town Board meeting, I plan to question Supervisor McCarthy and the board members about this. I would appreciate having as many pro-environment, pro-health, anti-hydrofracking people as possible attend.