Watertown balks at Otsego County frack fluid

City councilors in the Northern New York city of Watertown are considering stepping in to prevent a local wastewater treatment plant from accepting hydrofracking fluid, the Watertown Daily Times reports.

"My feeling all along is that this is a parochial issue taking place in Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier," Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham said. "I don't think this is our problem, and it doesn't make sense to ship it all the way up here."

About 35,000 gallons of the fluid--which is coming from a Utica shale well in the town of Maryland in Otsego County--have already been treated by the plant.