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NY Governor Considers Plan to Limit Fracking

HeadlineJun 14, 2012

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a plan to restrict the controversial gas drilling practice known as fracking in the state. The plan would limit fracking to economically struggling parts of New York along the Pennsylvania border and allow it only in communities that express support. More than 100 communities in New York have approved bans or moratoriums on fracking, which involves blasting a mix of sand, water and chemicals into rock formations in order to extract natural gas. Some environmental justice advocates criticized Cuomo’s plan, saying it would send an environmentally polluting industry into the most impoverished communities. Activist and writer Sandra Steingraber said in a statement: “Partitioning our state into frack and no-frack zones based on economic desperation is a shameful idea.” New York state regulators are expected to approve fracking in the coming months.

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