ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Environmental groups from across the state are heading to Albany Monday for a rally against high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region that spans the southern half of New York and parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
Opponents fear the technology commonly called "fracking" may lead to contamination of water supplies. New York has had a moratorium on permits for high-volume fracking since it initiated a comprehensive environmental review of it nearly three years ago.
Fracking involves the high-pressure injection of chemically treated water into a gas well to crack surrounding shale and release trapped natural gas. The industry says fracking is well-regulated and safe.
Among the speakers at this morning's rally will be Josh Fox, director of the anti-gas industry documentary "Gasland."