Thu November 17, 2011
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DEC fracking hearings continue in Binghamton today

Attendees at yesterday's fracking hearings in Dansville had to be reminded not to boo or clap during testimony. Today's hearing in Binghamton is expected to be even more charged.
Zack Seward WXXI

Today in your Trail Mix:

Yesterday's fracking hearings saw more than 800 attendees, today's in Binghamton are expected to draw similar, if not larger, crowds.

University researchers say climate change could make certain New York apples extinct, and extend the lake effect snow season.

Upstate young entrepreneurs are being honored by the White House.

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Wed November 16, 2011

DEC fracking hearing in Dansville draws 800+

Both opponents and advocates of hydrofracking lined up to make their thoughts known. Overall, anti-drilling voices outnumbered those in favor of natural gas extraction.
Zack Seward WXXI

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held the first of four public hearings on hydrofracking Wednesday.

More than 800 people descended on the vacant Dansville Middle School to rally both for and against the controversial natural gas drilling technique.

(Thursday 3:52 p.m. UPDATE: A total of 1,550 people came to both sessions, according to DEC spokeswoman Emily DeSantis.)

Anti-fracking advocates outnumbered pro-drilling voices by a roughly 80/20 split.

Many pro-drilling speakers were booed by the crowd, while anti-drilling speakers earned hearty applause.

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Wed November 16, 2011
Marcellus Shale

Fracking meetings let public question drillers

Representatives from the natural gas drilling industry took questions from the public about hydrofracking in Geneva, N.Y. on Tuesday night.
Marie Cusick WMHT

Today the New York Department of Environmental Conservation begins to hold public hearings about its rules to govern hydrofracking.

But yesterday marked a different kind of forum about fracking: a public meeting hosted by the natural gas industry.

Geneva, N.Y. was the sixth stop in a series of seven public meetings called "Fuel for Thought" hosted by New York's Independent Oil and Gas Association (IOGA), a trade group representing drilling companies.

About 50 people turned out to a junior high school last night, as a panel of three representatives from the drilling industry took the stage for a question and answer session about hydrofracking.

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Wed November 16, 2011
Morning trail mix

DEC fracking hearings begin today in Dansville

It's a special all fracking coverage edition of Trail Mix.
mary_thompson via Flickr

Today, a special all fracking, all the time, Trail Mix.

The Innovation Trail's Zack Seward will be reporting from the Dansville DEC fracking hearings today.  Keep tabs on what's going on by following him on Twitter @zackseward.

Tomorrow the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond will be reporting from Binghamton.

Last night the Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick covered a gas-industry sponsored meeting about drilling in Geneva.

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Mon November 14, 2011

What's at stake in this week's fracking hearings

Public hearings on natural gas-related issues, like this one in September in Watkins Glen, New York, tend to draw large crowds whenever they happen.
Matt Richmond WSKG

New Yorkers have watched closely as fracking unfolded in Pennsylvania. Some are wary that environmental abuses could happen here - while others are eager for the economic boom drilling could bring.

Now both sides will get a chance to weigh in during public hearings coming up this week.

The hearings are the first set in the final run-up to horizontal hydrofracking being permitted in New York State.  The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be taking comments on November 16 from 1 to 4 p.m., and then 6 to 9 p.m., in the Dansville Middle School Auditorium, in Dansville, N.Y.  On November 17, the DEC will be at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton, from 1 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m.  

Two more hearings in New York City and Loch Sheldrake are scheduled for the end of the month. Details on how to testify are here. Comments can also be submitted electronically.

At each of the hearings, anti-fracking groups are planning rallies outside. The Washington-based environmental group Food and Water Watch is apparently recruiting for its anti-fracking activities among protesters at Zuccotti Park.

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