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The fracking fluids that come out contain a lot of toxics.

Environmentalists press for fracking rules

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Environmentalists plan a belated Earth Day celebration and lobby day at the State Capitol Monday, when the legislature returns from a two and a half week break. Among other things, they will ask for more controls over hydrofracking.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

Environmentalists plan a belated Earth Day celebrationand lobby day at the State Capitol Monday, when the legislature returns from atwo and a half week break. Among otherthings, they will ask for more controls over hydrofracking.

Environmental groups want new rules for the controversialpractice of natural gas extraction known as hydro fracking.

Laura Haight, with the New York Public Interest ResearchGroup says the Earth Day activities include pressing for a measure to moreclosely declare waste water created by any drilling that might be permitted inNew York as "hazardous waste".

"The fracking fluids that come out contain a lot of toxics," said Haight, who says those include possibly carcinogenic chemicalsand radioactive substances.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation isstill reviewing the practice of hydro fracking.

Earth Day events were delayed after lawmakers gavethemselves an extra week of vacation after approving the state budget back on March 31st.

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