Updated 08/23/2012 10:10 AM
Anti-fracking forum held in Cobleskill
The state is expected to release a decision soon that could allow hydrofracking in New York. Those against drilling are making their opposition loud and clear. Erin Vannella has more from an anti-fracking forum held in Cobleskill.
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COBLESKILL, N.Y. -- With the state expected to release a decision soon that could allow hydrofracking in New York, anti-fracking groups are making their opposition loud and clear.
Hundreds of people gathered at a rally in Cobleskill to discuss the environmental and health concerns they fear fracking will bring if drilling is permitted.
The process involves pumping large volumes of water and chemicals into the ground to free gas.
Advocates say fracking would create jobs and become an alternative source to obtain natural gas, bringing huge economic benefits.
People at the rally, though, say the potential rewards don't outweigh the risks.
"I can’t say this first hand, but from what I've heard, where they have drilled and there hasn't been problems, everything is in better shape and people are satisfied and there’s two sides to every story, so I want to hear both sides before making any kind of decision," said Sharon Springs resident Helen Roberts.
The DEC is preparing the final guidelines for fracking here in New York. They could release research findings once the Governor makes the decision to either limit or allow the drilling process.