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Source: YNN Syracuse

Hydrofracking protesters deliver petitions to lawmakers

BY WEB STAFF

Posted: June 21, 2010
Originally Published: June 18, 2010

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Protesters have delivered petitions to state lawmakers in Syracuse, urging the legislature to adopt a plan for a two year moratorium on drilling for natural gas using a process known as hydrofracking.

The group says there is too great a rush to launch the technology, despite the recent lessons along the Gulf Coast of potential environmental dangers.

"We can wait. We have some of the lowest natural gas prices on the market. There is no rush to drill. We don't see the huge benefit of doing this in the immediate future. We aren't saying it's off the table forever, but we're saying until it's safe, give us the time to move forward to make sure that we protect our resources," said Dereth Glance of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

Supporters of hydrofracking continue to argue the technology is safe and that the drilling will offer an economic boost to the area.