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Activists Mark One-Year Anniversary of Fracking Decision

By Jason Weinstein.
One year ago Thursday New York state banned fracking. Activists on both sides of the debate marked the anniversary.

Isaac Silberman-Gorn of Citizen Action of New York said in a statement, "Residents are celebrating the fact that our water, air and communities are safe from being poisoned from fracking."

However the head of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York cites a recent EPA study which showed no widespread systemic water pollution related to fracking. He sees the ban as a missed opportunity.

"Another thing we've seen in the community that's really hurt across the Southern Tier is property rates have plummeted. They've gone from $8,000 an acre to well below $2,000 an acre," said Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the Joint Coalition of New York.

Fitzsimmons says members of his coalition are awaiting the state's decision on using gel propane to frack a well on a farm in Tioga County. A Quinnipiac poll in March shows most New Yorkers support the fracking ban.