Activists Planning For Possible Visit By President
8/13/2013 (Updated 10:37:30 PM)With word a bus tour by President Obama may possibly bring him to the Binghamton area next week, activists on both sides of the fracking debate are planning for the visit.
Obama has signaled support for natural gas development, most notably in his 2012 State of the Union Address. Because of that, some landowners who support fracking don't feel the need to get their message in front of the President. It's a different story for those who oppose the drilling process.
"President Obama is on board with hydraulic fracturing. He has stated it in his State of the Union Address. He has stated it many times since then. We have no issues with President Obama coming to Binghamton. We don't think we need to greet him and meet him with protests of any type," said Vic Furman of Chenango Forks, a member of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York.
"He's been very much supportive of fracking and we can assume that he has not looked at the science. We have extended invitations to him personally to come and visit some of the folks who have contaminated water from fracking," said Isaac Silberman-Gorn of Citizen Action.
On Tuesday a spokesperson from Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan's office says that office has not received any contact from the White House about a potential visit.
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