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Source: WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Groups Rally For Fracking Bills in NY State

BY DAVE LUCAS

Posted: January 26, 2012
Originally Published: January 23, 2012

ALBANY, NY (WAMC) - They came from every corner of New York State: Farmers, politicians, small business leaders and ordinary citizens who gave up a day of work to come to Albany to try to persuade lawmakers to ban hydraulic fracturing... WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

Hundreds of people attended the spirited rally held in the well at the New York State Legislative Office building in Downtown Albany. The gathering was sponsored by broad coalition of organizations ... some pushing a bill that would ban fracking, which stimulates gas production by injecting wells with chemically treated water to fracture shale. Others supporting a bill putting a moratorium on shale gas development.

Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, reminded the crowd of a promise Governor Andrew Cuomo made when he was "candidate Cuomo".

United For Action co-founder David Braun warned the Governor to make a careful, thoughtful decision. During the rally, a group of bakers from Tompkins County brought in loaves of bread to make their point concerning the importance of a clean and healthy environment to agriculture.

New York City Senator Liz Kruger told the crowd the dangers of fracking cannot be minimized. Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Gasland, called for citizens to have a "seat at the table" - he invited representatives from every activist group present at the rally to sign onto what he pitched as a "network".

After the rally, citizens fanned out in groups, visiting the offices of their local legislators to share their opinions on gas drilling and hydrofracking.

Listen to the full story on the WAMC website.