Anti-fracking photo contest hoped to send message to law makers


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Over 100 photos are about to land on Governor Cuomo's desk depicting New Yorkers of different areas, different backgrounds but all opposed to hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracking. The collection is part of the New York Public Interest Research Group's photo contest called "Faces Against Fracking," hoping to send a visual message to Governor Cuomo to keep the gas drilling practice out of the state.

"A lot of people who have been fighting this battle for a while feel that their voices are being falling upon deaf ears on the second floor with Governor Cuomo," says NYPIRG's Hydrofracking Campaign Organizer Brendan Woodruff. "They've sent emails they've written letters and this is really a way to visualize it."

The top three "Faces Against Fracking" photos were displayed at Cooperstown's Smithy Center for the Arts Thursday night along with others. Cooperstown Mayor Jeffery Katz and members of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, Otsego Town Board and Otsego 2000 group joined Woodruff in speaking about the dangers of hydrofracking.

"The state is completely unprepared to deal with this," says Woodruff "If you look at the draft document the SGEIS the DEC has put out it does not take public health impacts into account and it has absolutely no plan to dispose of the millions of gallons of toxic waste water that would be generated by this process."

The showcase comes just days after the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York gathered in Albany showing their support for hydrofracking, saying that the practice will create jobs and boost the state's economy.

Hydraulic fracturing is on hold in the state of New York until the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) finishes its 4 year review of the practice. So far Governor Cuomo has not come out in support of or against the drilling.

The "Faces Against Fracking" photos can be found at

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