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Group calls on Cuomo to close fracking loophole


(WBNG Binghamton) A local anti-fracking group has called on Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to close a loophole that could make a form of fracking legal here in New York on Thursday.

The President of Toxics Targeting, Walter Hang has secured more than 700 signatures from people calling for the ban of "gelled propane" and liquified petroleum gas fracturing.

The D.E.C. failed to include these methods in the definition of high volume hydraulic fracturing last month. Which means they are not subject to review by the State Environmental Quality Act .

"The problem really with gelled propane and LPG fracking is that this material is incredible flammable and explosive,” Hang said. “Water is relatively benign, it can cause water pollution but at least it's not going to blow up in your face."

The letter sent to the governor called for him to ban "gelled propane" and LPG fracturing until further research is conducted about the impact they can have on the environment.

The Snyder Farm Group in Tioga County plans to frack using gelled propane.