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Southern Tier Fracking Foes Heading To Albany

People opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas development in New York are planning to protest during Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address.

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Buses from Binghamton and from across the state are expected to bring people to Albany on Wednesday for a rally to coincide with the speech.

Walter Hang, president of Ithaca-based Toxics Targeting, says fracking opponents intend to show up in force to urge Cuomo to maintain the moratorium that’s been in place for more than five years.

During a visit to Binghamton two months ago, the governor said issues related to fracking were still under review by his administration.

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Cuomo said: “When we have a conclusive opinion, then we’ll announce it.”

When asked by WNBF News whether he still expected to make an announcement before the 2014 election, the governor said: “Yes, I do.”

Hang said Cuomo has since indicated he, in fact, may not make a final decision regarding fracking prior to Election Day.

Hang renewed his call for the governor to allow a fully transparent review of all fracking-related issues before New York state’s policy is established.



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