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Members of the oil and gas industry were in Albany Wednesday explaining the technical side of hydrofracking, and natural gas drilling. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail.

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The public forum was hosted by the American Petroleum Institute, a trade organization of over 400 oil and gas producers.

Speakers gave detailed presentations with the aim to educate people about how the drilling process works.

Attendees included geologists, engineers, and landowners from the Southern Tier and Central New York.

Karen Moreau who heads the New York State Petroleum Council, says, “Many of them are farmers, and members of farm organizations who have really been paying attention to this because it’s their land.”

New York currently has a temporary moratorium on hydrofracking while the Department of Environmental Conservation finishes its review of the controversial drilling method, which is due out later this year.

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