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Fracking opponents pack NY budget hearing

Posted at: 02/04/2013 9:23 AM
Updated at: 02/04/2013 4:23 PM
By: AP

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn't mention fracking in his budget proposal, but the issue figuredprominently at a legislative budget hearing on environmental spending.
    
Busloads of opponents of natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing headed to Albany to hear Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens testify Monday morning. 
    
Later Monday, Arun Gandhi, grandson of nonviolent protest leader Mahatma Gandhi was among those presenting a "pledge of resistance" to fracking to Cuomo.
    
Cuomo has said his budget doesn't include increased spending for fracking regulation because DEC hasn't completed its environmental review and decided whether to end a 4 ½-year-old moratorium.

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