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Activists speak on fracking hazards



Opponents of hydrofracking are warning the public about numerous accidents, spills and disasters that have taken place across the State.

Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting held a news conference at the Broome County Library to present what he calls disturbing findings.

He says there have been a number of fires, explosions, and ruptures as a result of natural gas, crude oil and petroleum pipeline infrastructure in New York.

Hang also says toxic discharges have not been cleaned to state standards.

As a result, Hang says hundreds of homes have been evacuated and eventually demolished.

Toxics Targeting, an environmental database firm, released a three-hundred and fifty-eight page summary for one-hundred and fourteen incidents that have taken place.

Hang says even the most reliable equipment used in the industry isn't foolproof.

"The bottom line is that you can have the best technology but that doesn't mean that's it's not going to fail. That's exactly what we've seen time and time again in New York based on the DEC's own data. It's not just one or a little spill, there are literally thousands of these spills," said Hang.

In addition to releasing the findings, Hang has also sent a letter to Governor Cuomo.

It would request that all pending Water Quality Certification applications for new natural gas, petroleum and crude oil infrastructure projects be denied, including the proposed Constitution Pipeline.