BARTON, N.Y. — A proposal to frack for natural gas was submitted Wednesday morning at the Barton Town Hall, reports say.

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WNFB News Radio said the proposal —made by Tioga Energy Partners LLC and The Snyder Farm Group — would frack about 3.5 acres of land in the Halsey Valley on the Ernest Snyder farm. The company would use gelled propane and sand instead of water to break apart Marcellus Shale to release natural gas.

The companies plan to develop a 53-acre natural gas well about 9,500 feet deep on a hay and corn farm, USA Today reports.

About 60 people attended a press conference Wednesday morning in Barton to hear more about the proposal to frack the land, reports say.

The proposal was submitted less than two weeks after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration officially banned large-scale hydraulic fracturing in the state after a multi-year study, according to The Daily Caller.

WBNG action news said the proposed method allegedly doesn’t pollute the water or air because there is no flow-back fluid from the process. Propane gel is used instead of water. This makes it exempt from the fracking ban.

Among the fracking supporters is the town of Barton Supervisor Leon “Stick” Cary, reports say.

The Ithaca Journal said Cary anticipates increased taxes for local government and job creation from the fracking, if it is approved.

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