Fueled by the fury that came after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide ban on fracking, protestors, along with local leaders, vowed not to give up without a fight.
Many believe the decision was less about science, and more about politics.
"This wasn't based on science," said Dan Fitzsimmons, president of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York. "The science that (officials with the state health department) did is junk science. It was all about what may be, what might be, what could be. It wasn't the actual science of the day."
Others said some of the determinations were off base.
"The only pollution they've ever found is the migration of methane," said Steven Palmatier, a natural gas drilling consultant with Chenango County. "That can be mitigated, or prevented, by proper casing and cementing."
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