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Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr

Hydrofracking top concern at NYS Earth Day lobbying day

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Environmentalists hold their annual earth day lobby day at the State Capitol today. Hydrofracking remains the number one issue of concern. New York has been polarized over the controversial gas extraction method for years.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

Siena pollster Steve Greenberg says a new poll shows there's not much movement:

"Forty three percent of New Yorkers want to see fracking move forward. A slight plurality, 45 percent, do not want to see fracking move forward. It's little changed from last month, it's little changed from last year." 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to decide whether to allow fracking. The lobby group for the oil and gas industry has written the governor, saying there's been a profound misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the process, which the industry group says is safe.

Some environmental groups disagree, they'll advocate for a moratorium in Earth day events at the capitol today.

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