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Pro-Fracking Landowners Protest Cuomo

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Pro-gas landowners had their own message to send before Governor Cuomo delivered his State of the State and budget addresses.

Members of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York rallied outside of Government Plaza in Downtown Binghamton Wednesday afternoon. They said the governor's decision to ban fracking has resulted in a theft of property rights and a loss of jobs and economic opportunities in the Southern Tier.

"Natural gas is something that the state is using. If there really is an issue with it why don't we turn the pipes off? Let's have all solar take over. Let's get real here. People need to wake up and see what's happening in this state and what's being taken away," said Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York.

"We are exploring other options federally. We were fortunate to have one of our members go to the State of the Union Address last night with Congressman (Tom) Reed. We're proud that now Washington is looking at these issues," said Scott Kurkoski, Attorney for the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York.

Union leaders joined landowners at Wednesday's rally to protest what they call the lost jobs the fracking ban created.