Rally Calling for Hydrofracking Health Study

By Jillian Marshall

February 5, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 6:52 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Dozens of Southern Tier residents called upon Gov. Andrew Cuomo to release the health assessment for hydrofracking.

The deadline to announce the future of New York and hydrofracking is Feb. 27. But as Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joel Martens announced Monday, this latest deadline could once again be made arbitrary.

The rally on Tuesday, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Binghamton, was also sparked by the recent Siena College poll that was released Monday. It showed that 48 percent of people in the Southern Tier oppose fracking--just 1 percent more than those who favor it.

These residents are asking the governor to release the details of the health study.

Issac Silberman-Gorn of Citizen Action said Southern Tier residents deserve to fully understand the health impacts of fracking before allowing the industry to come in.

Citizens Action and other residents are asking for a minimum of 30 days for public review of the health assessment.