Ommegang: Fracking may force us to leave
Brewery Ommegang is warning that it would have to consider relocating if the town of Middlefield’s ban on gas drilling is struck down and horizontal gas drilling begins.
The ominous warning is contained in a new legal brief filed in support of Middlefield’s recent zoning law.
"If its water were to be contaminated, the Brewery could be forced to move its business elsewhere," the court papers state. "Its Master Brewer and Quality Control chemist agree that even if Brewery Ommegang wished to do so, it could not remove many of the toxic chemicals commonly used in hydrofracking, should they be released into the Brewery’s water supply."
if you needed another reason to oppose fracking, ruining a fine craft beer should be it.