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'‘Fracking’ draws local ire at hearing on state’s draft energy plan'
February 27, 2014 - Ben Klein
“The plan predicts fracking in New York,” Yelda said. “Cloaked in confusing and contradictory language, the document forecasts that natural gas produced in New York will triple by 2030 with the lifting of the state’s current moratorium on high-volume horizontal fracking.”
While the state’s draft energy plan is largely mum on hydrofracking, local residents were not during a hearing on the issue Tuesday at the University at Buffalo’s Center for Tomorrow on the North Campus in Amherst.
“Gov. Cuomo wants to frack upstate New York so bad, he can taste it – to further his vision for the White House,” said James C. Hufnagel, a Wilson resident. “The governor needs to make a definitive statement to ban fracking in upstate New York.”
“The plan describes natural gas as a ‘clean’ energy source; it is not,” said Rita I. Yelda, of Food & Water Watch and Western NY Drilling Defense. “Fracking, the primary method of gas extraction today, poisons land, air and water, makes people sick and contributes to climate change.”
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