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Source: Syracuse Post-Standard

Learn more about "fracking" at public meetings in Syracuse, Liverpool

Posted: December 3, 2009
Originally Published: December 2, 2009

Environmental groups will conduct two more information sessions on natural gas drilling next week in the Syracuse area.

The sessions are 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave., and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Liverpool Library, 510 Tulip St., Liverpool.

The public is invited to learn more about hydraulic fracturing (known as "fracking") and horizontal drilling. These techniques are used to tap natural gas reserves trapped deep underground in the Marcellus and Utica shales. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has drafted regulations for gas drilling and is accepting public comments on them until Dec. 31.

The information sessions are sponsored by the Sierra Club, Onondaga Nation, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation and Citizens Campaign for the Environment. Scheduled speakers include Joe Heath, a lawyer representing the Onondaga Nation, and Jack Ramsden of NOON.

For more information, contact Ramsden at 424-1454 or Martha Loew of the Sierra Club at 492-4745.