ALBANY, N.Y. - Over a thousand farmers, laborers, home owners, small business owners, elected officials, and individuals and groups from across the state are expected to gather for a pro-fracking rally at the Corning Preserve in Albany Monday to encourage Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lift the state's moratorium on high volume hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale region.
Supporters of fracking say the process of using millions of gallons of chemically treated water to blast open gas-rich shale deposits deep underground is a safe practice and will be an economic boom for upstate New York.
Opponents cite environmental concerns, including damage to groundwater from the high volumes of water and chemicals injected into the earth.
The rally will begin at 11 a.m. with speeches, followed by a march to West Capitol Park at 12:15 p.m. The event will end with speeches from elected officials and labor leaders.