Pro Frackers: Bring Drilling to New York

By Brandi Bailey

Pro Frackers: Bring Drilling to New York

February 7, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The future of New York and natural gas drilling hinges on an announcement scheduled to be released Feb. 27.

Nearly 150 supporters filled Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 112 in Binghamton hoping to send a strong message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Michael Snow, who's currently working in the gas industry, says one of the biggest misconceptions about drilling is that companies don't care about the environment.

He calls the industry stringent when it comes to New York Department of Environmental Conservation regulations, and also claims the industry takes pride in leaving land better than how they found it.

"Look it, I am confident that the Health Department and DEC will do this in an environmental way. We don't start business to destroy the environment in New York State. It just doesn't happen," Sen. Thomas Libous (R-New York 52nd District) said.

If the opposing side gets their wish, New York's drilling fate could be held off for at least another 30 days.