Opponents of shale gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top campaign contributors to pressure the governor to ban the practice everywhere in New York.
New York Residents Against Drilling and several other groups sent a letter Wednesday to Cuomo's top 1,000 individual donors. The letter says Cuomo's reported plan to permit fracking in a limited area would "treat Southern Tier residents as second class citizens and unfairly subject them to potentially irreparable hazards."
The signers include Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan. They're asking the donors to tell Cuomo to ban fracking until issues including disposal of drilling wastewater and potential health impacts are fully addressed.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to complete a massive environmental review and new regulations within months.