Hundreds Turn Out At First Hydrofracking Hearing

Hundreds of people packed into the Dansville middle school auditorium in rural Livingston County to be among the first to weigh in on the Department of Evironmental Conservation's revised draft supplemental Generic Environmental impact statement. The document will govern how the controversial technique of high-volume hydraulic fracturing will happen in New York.

They came by the hundreds, armed with signs, press releases, even costumes; all for a for a chance to have their final opinions on the 3½ year debate over drilling for natural gas in New York heard.

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During the afternoon session, about 150 people of the 850 that attended signed up to comment.  Only 64 people made it to the mictrophone before the session ended. About 700 people attended the evening session.

Opponents say the industry would clash with the wine industry and the picturesque Finger Lakes Region, adding tourism would not co-exist with fracking.

Supporters say drilling a fracking has gone on for years in other states and that proves the process is safe and brings with it economic benefits.

The New York State hydrofracking proposed guidelines run 1,537 pages.    The DEC will hold three more hearings across the state and accept written comments on the guidelines until December 12th.

Coments can be submitted online here.

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