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New State Report May Reignite Debate Over Fracking

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A new fracking study by state officials set to be revealed Wednesday could re-ignite debate about the local impact of the controversial gas drilling technique.

The last time the state reviewed fracking in 2009, it ignored the effects of heavy industry and an influx of money can have on small towns. For the new review, the Department of Environmental Conservation hired an outside consultant.

"The socio-economic impacts, economic impacts, transportation, visual impacts, all the important impacts locally that we felt were not adequately addressed the first time around," DEC commissioner Joe Martens said in July.

The report is the final piece of the Cuomo administration's gas drilling plan. It's being released the same day the public comment period begins on the state's plans for regulating the industry.

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