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Anti-fracking rally calls for transparency from Cuomo

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Buffalo: Anti-fracking rally calls for transparency from Cuomo
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Local organizations against hydrofracking are calling on Governor Cuomo's administration to be more transparent about it's review of the controversial method of extracting natural gas. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti was there as dozens rallied in Buffalo Thursday to share their message.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- With passionate chants and demanding signs, dozens gathered in front of this state DEC office in Buffalo Thursday, echoing a message directed at Governor Andrew Cuomo.

"We gather here today to call on the Governor to lift the shroud of secrecy hanging over his administration's fracking review process," said Rita Yelda of the Food and Water Watch.

Speakers at the anti-fracking rally say they have several problems with how Cuomo's administration has handled overseeing fracking in New York.

"What we've seen is a number of examples where they've really dropped the ball. One of the most blatant examples is probably releasing regulations on fracking before even completing their own study, their own health study on fracking," said Yelda.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan says while he's pleased a health review is underway, he's concerned about what he calls a lack of transparency from the DEC and state Department of Health.

"All New Yorkers deserve a full, public process regarding licensing of fracking because their health and well-being are affected by fracking," said Ryan.

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy says Cuomo isn't hiding anything, and is doing his due dilligence and then some.

"While no decision has been reached yet, when it is reached, whatever it may be, people can take heart that it'll be in the best interest of New York state, he is looking at every aspect of this and this is one of those evolving efforts, too. Information comes forward, now he's in DEC, but he has people working in many different areas to give him the best data, the best information," said Duffy.

But as the DEC has to either issue its final report, restart its review or extend it at the end of the month, these groups hope the Governor will make a decision to not allow fracking in New York.

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