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DEC holds first in a new round of hydrofracking public hearings

Thursday, November 17, 2011

By Innovation Trail's Zack Seward

The scene inside the former Dansville Middle School auditorium. (Zack Seward / WXXI)

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held the first of four public hearings on hydrofracking Wednesday. More than 800 people descended on the vacant Dansville Middle School to rally both for and against the controversial natural gas drilling technique.

Anti-fracking advocates outnumbered pro-drilling voices by a roughly 80/20 split. Many pro-drilling speakers were booed by the crowd, while anti-drilling speakers earned hearty applause.

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