Monday, October 15, 2012

Those who support fracking will march in Albany today

Political demonstrations over fracking are not only for opponents of the controversial natural gas drilling technique.

This morning, in Albany, farmers, small business owners, laborers, homeowners, students and business organizations will be marching to show their support for fracking and to pressure Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lift his moratorium. 

Buffalo Business First reports that: 

In November 2010, New York put a hold on hydrofracking permits until the state Department of Environmental Conservation reviews thousands of public comments to provide rules and regulations for how to drill and where to drill, while addressing environmental concerns.
The DEC review was expected to be complete by December. But on Sept. 20, the DEC announced it was seeking help from state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah, who will review possible public health aspects of hydrofracking.
“We are now going to do a complete health review, so there’s no firm time frame,” DEC spokesman Emily DeSantis said on Oct. 9.
The latest delay has infuriated fracking advocates who see relatively unimpeded drilling taking place in Pennsylvania and Ohio. 
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