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Fracking is big election theme in NY's gas region

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MARY ESCH, Associated Press in SeattlePI.com

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In some southern New York communities likely to get shale gas wells if Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifts a moratorium on drilling, "fracking" is a key issue in Tuesday's election, with both opponents and supporters working to get out the vote and candidates up and down the ballot talking about it.

Local races are viewed as crucial, since dozens of town boards around the state have voted this year to ban or put a moratorium on gas drilling while other elected bodies passed resolutions making it clear they won't oppose gas drilling. Two of the municipal bans are now being challenged in the state's appeals court in Albany.

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, which supports hydraulic fracturing — known as fracking — to retrieve natural gas trapped in shale formations, has released a list of political endorsements for about 20 candidates statewide, saying each of them "has shown a commitment to landowner rights and is vital in moving their agenda forward."

"Electing pro-gas candidates at the local level will be crucial while we wait for our courts to determine the extent of local and state control over natural gas development," said coalition leader Dan Fitzsimmons.


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