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'Fracking' opponents rally at state budget hearing

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Transparency was the key word Monday at an anti-fracking rally held at the state capital.

The goal of the hundreds of attendees is to allow the public to participate in a full health study before the legislature makes a decision on hydraulic fracturing, a process which uses chemically-treated water to extract natural gas from the ground.

The ralliers' demands are in response to the Cuomo administration's use of outside experts to review the health impacts of fracking.

State lawmakers are expected to question Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens about fracking. One shouting protester confronted Martens before he began his testimony Monday morning.
    
Later Monday, Arun Gandhi, grandson of nonviolent protest leader Mahatma Gandhi, was among those presenting a "pledge of resistance" to fracking to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
    
Cuomo has said his budget doesn't include increased spending for fracking regulation because DEC hasn't completed its environmental review and decided whether to end a 4 ½-year-old moratorium.

The issue remains one of the most divisive in New York, with a new Siena poll released Monday showing New Yorkers split down the middle on whether or not the controversial practice should be allowed in the empire state.

Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, Arun, ended his part by saying more health and environmental studies need to be done for the sake of future generations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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