Anti-fracking groups march on Cuomo's office

A large crowd of people demonstrated in Albany today to protest the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's decision, announced last week, to recommend that hydraulic fracturing proceed in New York state.

The Journal News' Albany Watch blog reported that about 150 people rallied in the Capitol, listened to speeches, and delivered a letter signed by 47 groups to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to ban hyradulic fracturing entirely:

The groups aren’t satisfied with the DEC’s latest review, which calls for a ban within the Syracuse and New York City watersheds. High-volume fracking would be allowed within about 80 percent of the Marcellus Shale region, DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens said.

“Andrew Cuomo, you still have an opportunity,” said Wes Gillingham of Catskill Mountainkeeper. “You still have an opportunity to show us leadership and that you’re here to protect New York.”

Watch a video posted by Albany Watch above.