Cooperstown Brewer Fights N.Y. Fracking Sought by EOG Resources
By Jim Efstathiou Jr. – Aug 22, 2011
Brewery Ommegang says Belgian ale and natural gas don’t mix.
That statement of the obvious matters, the maker of Aphrodite Ale and Hennepin Farmhouse Saison says, because the water it draws from aquifers beneath Cooperstown, New York, is at risk of pollution from hydraulic fracturing.
“Even our strongest beer is 90 percent water, and all of our water comes off the property,” Larry Bennett, a spokesman for the brewery about 170 miles (274 kilometers) northwest of Times Square, said in an interview. “If you contaminate an aquifer, it’s done. There’s nothing you can do about it.”
Ommegang, an Otsego County tourist attraction along with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, has joined a growing grass-roots campaign in New York state to ban the technology that has transformed U.S. gas production, Bloomberg Government reported. The brewery, a unit of Belgium-based Duvel Moortgat NV, says it would face a “material threat” from a leak of fluid used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to free natural gas from shale.
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