The hillside vineyards of New York’s Finger Lakes region make money producing fine Rieslings and inviting tourists to sip white wine by the water’s edge. Now winery owners are worried about the prospect of a grittier kind of economic development: gas drilling.
Some grape growers fear that if shale gas drilling, or fracking, is allowed in this region of postcard-perfect hills and crystal-clear lakes, the muddy well sites and rumbling trucks will not only endanger the environment but threaten the Finger Lakes’ reputation for pristine beauty.
In their view, wine does not pair well with drilling.
“If they allow hydro-fracking anywhere near us, tourism will be over and the industry will be done,” said Art Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards near Keuka Lake, N.Y.
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