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Blue-green algae bloom in Owasco Lake has Auburn City Council asking Gov. Hochul for help

AUBURN, N.Y. — Thursday night, the Auburn City Council voted on two resolutions asking Gov. Kathy Hochul to act on recent water quality issues in the city.

Complaints in Western NY raise questions about drilling safety

Information obtained by a local environmental activist is raising questions about the safety of natural gas drilling.

Activist claims well contaminated by gas drilling

VARICK -- An environmental activist says he's uncovered the "first documented case" of groundwater pollution caused by a controversial natural gas drilling practice.

Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting says the drinking water supply to a home in the Seneca County town of Varick was "contaminated" after the Chesapeake Energy Company used hydraulic fracturing of "fracking" to drill for natural gas some 2,000 feet below ground.

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