Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012

Superintendent: Brine too risky for Otsego roads

COOPERSTOWN -- Otsego County Highway Superintendent Ron Tiderencel said Tuesday that brine from natural gas well production poses too many risks to use on public roads.

"You really don't know what's in it," Tiderencel said. Given those questions, he said he would not authorize spreading it on county roads, many running by houses that draw water from wells not far from the pavement.

Even though regular road salt is more expensive, he said, "I think I'd stick with what works."

County lawmakers began delving into the use of brine spreading on local roads after The Daily Star recently reported on citizen concerns arising from a tanker truck releasing the substance on roads in the town of Pittsfield in 2010. The company involved in that spreading approached town officials, offering to spread the substance without charge. State officials later told The Daily Star that the fluid apparently came from a local gas well.
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