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Source: NewsChannel 9 WSYR

Natural gas issue heading to Albany

Posted: February 4, 2010
Originally Published: January 24, 2010

Albany (WSYR-TV) – Groups supporting and against the drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus shale were scheduled to gather in Albany Monday to hold a rally in front of state lawmakers.

The debate is over hydrofracking, a type of natural gas drilling where sand and gas is pumped deep into the ground.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation is currently reviewing applications for hydrofracking, and still looking at whether the process should be legal in New York. Governor Paterson has already proposed taxing the process to generate revenue.

Hydrofracking could generate up to a billion dollars a year in revenue for the state, but environmental groups argue the process causes more harm than good.

A busload of protestors from the Citizens Campaign left from Nedrow for Albany just before 7am Monday morning.

“We need to take a long range view on this--short term profits for a few that trumps drinking water quality. Those are really big issues,” said Dereth Glance, the executive program director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

Onondaga County lawmakers are also considering a proposal that would ban Hydrofracking on county-owned land.


*** CCE executive program director Dereth Glance appears in the video. ***