Another set of fracking opponents is trying to stop the controversial drilling technique by another strategy, reaching out to Governor Cuomo's supporters.
Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting has written to 1,000 of the governor's largest financial contributors asking them to help convince Cuomo to abandon a plan to allow fracking in 5 Southern Tier counties. The letter is co-signed by Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan and representatives of three local anti-fracking groups.
Hang says Cuomo is the key to whether the state allows shale gas development. "It's absolutely well-known that the Governor listens to people who are his biggest campaign contributors. Many of these people are very important political players. They've been around, in many cases, for decades."
Hang says he mailed the letters on Tuesday so they should be arriving in donors mailboxes Wednesday.