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New Fracking Report Examines Community Impact of Gas Drilling

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

New York state regulators is set to release a study Wednesday on the impact of natural gas drilling on communities.

The Department of Environmental Conservation asked an outside consultant to look into the likely impacts of gas drilling on communities, farms and roads.

Natural gas has the potential to give an economic lift to depressed areas, but there are also many concerns about the environmental effects, particularly on drinking water.

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.

"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.

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