Posted at: 06/17/2013 9:32 AM
| Updated at: 06/18/2013 9:34 AM
By: WNYT Staff
Fracking opponents rally outside the state Capitol in Albany.
Kumi Tucker / WNYT
ALBANY – Opponents of hydrofracking held a rally outside the State Capitol on Monday. They want the governor to permanently ban the drilling method, over concerns it would harm the environment.
People who support hydrofracking were also at the Capitol.
“We’re scared to death of the possibility, or rather, the probability of water pollution resulting from fracking. So I am here because I would like to have the governor ban fracking throughout the state, and for my money, throughout the nation,” said a landowner who opposes fracking.
“I think our area really needs it. It would boost our economy. It would bring jobs into the area. Not to mention that natural gas is a clean energy,” said a land owner who supports fracking.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he won’t make a decision on fracking, until the State Health Department finishes a study on its potential impact.