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Fracking foes take Washington

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New York officials could be on the verge of approving fracking in some parts of the state. Statewide media reports have said that the state could release its environmental review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing by Labor Day. But environmental groups have serious concerns about fracking. Earthworks, for example, released a report last month criticizing the state's well-inspection program. The report says the state infrequently inspects wells and is not prepared to oversee a drilling boom.

An Albany-Times Union article published last week said state officials realize they'll need to get the Legislature to pass additional funding for the Department of Environmental Conservation before they allow fracking. The DEC regulates New York's gas and oil wells.

With those issues in the background, the Rochester Sierra Club chapter organized a bus trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in a July 28 rally organized by Stop the Frack Attack. The Sierra Club is a member of that coalition.

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