Anti-Frackers Gather on Day of Activism

By Lorne Fultonberg

Anti-Frackers Gather on Day of Activism

September 22, 2012 Updated Sep 22, 2012 at 10:51 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hydrofracking opponents gathered downtown Saturday to take part in an International Day of Activism.

Nearly a dozen people showed up at Peacemakers Park as part of a worldwide movement taking place on five continents.

"If energy companies get their foot in the door here, there's no telling where this could spread, even outside the United States," said Robert Kornblum, coordinator of NYPIRG Southern Tier Hydrofracking.

The activists planned to go from business to business, asking them to sign a pledge, saying that fracking is not necessarily good for the economy.

The goal was to spread the word that the side effects hydrofracking could cause, even outside Central New York

"Fracking affects everybody," Kornblum said. "Folks all over the world could eventually be impacted negatively by this."

Today's campaign had nothing to do with the Department of Environmental Conservation's refusal to allow an independent health study on fracking.

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