Fracking Supporters and Protesters Plan Show for Obama in Binghamton
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — Supporters and opponents of natural gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, plan to put on a show for President Obama when his tour bus rolls into Binghamton.
The city is in a likely area for drilling to begin if Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifts a 5-year-old moratorium and allows fracking in New York's part of the Marcellus Shale, which stretches through Pennsylvania into West Virginia and Ohio.
Obama has spoken in favor of shale gas development. Cuomo acknowledges the economic advantages but says he's still looking at environmental and health implications.
Opposition groups are urging members to make a big showing on the Binghamton University campus where Obama will speak Friday morning. The pro-gas Joint Landowners Coalition of New York is holding a rally in a nearby park.