New committee brings balance to fracking debate

NEW BERLIN A newly established advisory committee in the Town of New Berlin is working to improve connections between the community and town officials when it comes to the contested issue of hydraulic fracturing in the area.

The new bipartisian committee was formed independently from the New Berlin Town Board as the result of concerns over fracking, road use, and the township having a moratorium against fracking. The intent, according to New Berlin Supervisor Bob Starr, is to present town officials with information on the issue of in a balanced manner.

Although the committee will not officially operate under the auspices of the Town of New Berlin, a member of the Town Board has been appointed to serve as a liaison between the two entities. The town is additionally supporting efforts of the committee by providing a venue for meetings and informational gatherings for the public.

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