To frack or not to frack, that is the question, and New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resounding “not” has not discouraged pro-fracking activists in the Empire State.Anywhere from 200 to 600 people, depending on whom you ask, showed up in freezing weather at a rally at a Binghamton, N.Y., Holiday Inn this week to blast Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking in upstate New York’s Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale formations, at least until the New York Department of Environmental Conservation issues a final environmental impact statement, Watchdog.org reports.
While Cuomo’s decision last month, based on a 184-page review from the New York Department of Health, pleased environmental activists, it didn’t go over well with economically challenged upstate New Yorkers, who have pledged to keep up the fight to frack.
“These activists are stealing this state,” Dan Fitzsimmons, president of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, the group that organized the rally, told Press Connects. “If we don’t stop them, landowners are going to lose everything.”Read more: