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Area residents fight fracking bills

08/01/12

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Multiple Broome County municipalities are calling for impact assessments before fracking hits their communities.

Wednesday, Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan and residents came together to address what they call questionable and possibly dangerous methods used during the fracking process.

Many towns have already bills passed that would allow for drilling. But opponents of fracking are calling for state funded health impact assessments before any drilling begins.

"If you listen to the industry, they'll talk about, it's a safe process if it's done right. But we're not talking about just the drilling into the earth, we're talking about the cumulative impacts, all the impacts and it's clearly not safe," Mayor Ryan said.

Wednesday's goal was to grab Governor Andrew Cuomo's attention and get him to take another look at controversial topic.