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Businesses Join Forces Against Fracking

Over a Thousand Businesses Across New York State have banded together, calling on Governor Cuomo to Reject Fracking. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The "New Yorkers Against Fracking" coalition has announced that over a thousand businesses have signed on in support of a statewide ban on fracking. The businesses fear that fracking will jeopardize current jobs and reduce job growth in many industries, while putting people’s health at risk.

Ken Jaffe owns Slope Farms in the Delaware County Town of Meredith - he says his livestock business will end if hydrofracking is allowed

Jaffee also fears threats from ozone air pollution to animal health, food safety, crop yield and farm family health.

Larry Bennett of Brewery Ommegang (o-mah-gong) in Cooperstown believes fracking would directly threaten the local economy.

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The new coalition sees fracking as a menace to public health.  They say it lays down blankets of smog, fills roadway with trucks hauling hazardous materials, sends sediment into streams, and generates immense quantities of radioactive, carcinogen-laced waste for which no fail-safe disposal options exist.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office did not return calls for comment.

The Cuomo administration is expected to make a decision on hydrofracking later this ummer. Over 100 towns and counties have enacted fracking bans or moratoria in New York State. Opponents are gathering in Washington D.C. for a national convergence this weekend called "Stop The Frack Attack."

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.