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On Thursday, over a hundred local residents addressed the Town Board of Caroline on a proposed law that would enact a moratorium, or a temporary freeze, on hydrofracking in the town of Caroline.
The majority of residents spoke out in favor of a moratorium. Pat Brell, a resident of Caroline for 15 years, moved here from Alaska and saw the impact oil industry had on her community.
"I've seen what oil companies do, I've seen how they take care of the land, I've seen how they treat the people there, and I've seen what they do to people when they pull out most of their men and most of their money," Brell told the Board. "It's not a pretty sight."
There were also those who were opposed to the law. Jonathan Moscow, a resident of Caroline, is worried that a moratorium would scare businesses out of New York State.
"How many millions leave NY state? Why are all of our children leaving the area?" Moscow said. "There's nothing here for them. How do we bring in industry. We can't, industry is leaving."
The Town Board of Caroline will vote on the moratorium March 13th.