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Source: WGRZ Buffalo

Supporters and Opponents of Fracking Express Concerns With DEC Proposal


Posted: January 16, 2012
Originally Published: January 11, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Both supporters and opponents of allowing hydraulic fracturing -- or hydrofracking -- in New York State are expressing concerns with the current proposed regulations from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

This came on the final day for members of the public to submit comments on the proposal.

About two dozen opponents of fracking gathered outside the DEC office in Buffalo Wednesday to call for a statewide ban on the controversial form of drilling for natural gas.

Opponents claim it is unsafe, despite heightened regulations. Among other concerns, they say there has been no study on the long-term health impacts of the drilling.

Meantime, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York (IOGA) also criticized the current proposals but for much different reasons. IOGA says the proposal is too restrictive and will cost the state jobs and revenue.

IOGA, which is based in Hamburg, called the proposed guidelines "restrictive, inequitable and unjustified."

CCE's Brian Smith is featured in the video.