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Obama May Hear About Southern Tier Fracking Fight

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Supporters and opponents of fracking are expected to turn out to express their views when President Obama visits Broome County.

The president is planning to hold a town hall-style meeting when he’s hosted by Binghamton University on Friday.

Although Obama’s intended focus for the local visit is to be on making higher education more affordable for the middle class, the future of natural gas development will be on the minds of many area residents.

Some fracking foes are working to organize a big turnout to coincide with the presidential visit.

Governor Cuomo has yet to announce whether he intends to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York state.

During a Monday radio interview, Cuomo acknowledged fracking would bring about economic benefits. But he indicated there remain concerns about potential health and safety issues.

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