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The fight over fracking in New York

Posted by Matt Ryan, Marie Cusick on



For the past three years, a battle has raged in New York over natural gas.

At the center of the debate lies a controversial drilling technique called hydrofracking (also known as "fracking"). Fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, deep underground to extract the gas.

Advocates of fracking say natural gas development will help create jobs and lift up the state's economy, while opponents argue it's an invitation to environmental disaster.

We asked viewers to submit their questions about fracking to us, and we put them to New York's Department of Environmental Conservation chief, Joe Martens.

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