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County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Friday signed a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on land owned by Erie County Friday after the County Legislature earlier supported the ban on a 9–2 vote.

Poloncarz said he supported the ban based on support demonstrated by the public and county lawmakers.

“Protecting our land and water resources is important to preserving our heritage, and while this law is limited in scope and partially overlaps the Erie County Parks Protection Law that has been on the books since 1993, the overwhelming and vocal public support for such a ban cannot be ignored,” Poloncarz said in a statement.