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The public comment period on hydrofracking in New York is open until January 11, 2012. As the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) holds its first two public hearings on hydrofracking in Binghamton and Dansville, New Yorkers turn out in large numbers to weigh in on this controversial natural gas extraction proposal. You can watch statements from the hearings here. Though attendance is small in comparison, the Independent Oil and Gas Association (IOGA) also holds public forums of their own across New York. In this video, IOGA's John Holko responds to a question by stating that he provides financial support to candidates that wish to reduce environmental regulations.

NOTE: An earlier version of this post stated that the public comment period on hydrofracking in New York ended on December 12, 2011. As DEC Commissioner Joe Martens explained in this interview, the DEC extended the public comment period by one month due to a massive response.