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Pro-drilling rally comes to Albany

Oct 17, 2012 6:51 am
Rick Karlin reports in the Times Union a critical deadline in the debate over hydrofracking in New York is less than two months away, but participants in the pro-drilling rally Mon., Oct. 15, in Albany, said they have already waited too long. Supporters of the controversial natural gas drilling technique gathered at the Corning Preserve on the Hudson River and then marched up State Street to the Capitol. The protesters said New York was in danger of losing an opportunity for thousands of jobs and economic development in a hard-pressed area of the state. The rally came as the state Department of Environmental Conservation approaches a Nov. 29 deadline for issuing regulations for hydrofracking. If that deadline passes without an extension, the public comment period could be reopened, which could easily move back by several months any final approval for hydrofracking. Read the full story in the Times Union.

NYSNYS News Q&A with Republican state Sen. Tom Libous of Binghamton following the rally (1:38)