New York News
6:47 am
Thu June 21, 2012

New Environmental Coalition Urges Cuomo to Drop Fracking Plan

The state’s major environmental groups have formed a new coalition, urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject a plan to begin hydrofracking in select counties in New York’s Southern Tier.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports… 

Peter Hudiburg of the town of Plymouth, in Chenango County joined major environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Hudson Riverkeeper in a rally to persuade Governor Andrew Cuomo to drop a plan to begin limited hydrofracking in the state’s Southern Tier.

“Governor Cuomo, the science is in,” he shouted. “This is a very dangerous technology.”

Jim Smith, with the Independent Oil and Gas Association, called the event a “stunt,” and says he trusts Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation to create the right rules and regulations to prevent any danger to health and drinking water.

“I think the New York DEC will get his right,” said Smith, who predicted that numerous jobs will be created.

The dispute is likely to heat up even more this summer. Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox has made a new short film, this time directed at Governor Cuomo. 

In Albany, I’m Karen DeWitt.

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