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Wed May 16, 2012
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A day of action against hydraulic fracturing in Albany

Around 300 anti-fracking protestors rallied inside the capitol building in Albany Tuesday.

It was part of a day-long effort to convince the state to continue its ban against the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for gas in New York.

The coalition New Yorkers Against Fracking held a rally on the grand staircase and in the governor's reception room - known as the war room.

Opponents to fracking say the process causes contamination of the environment. Those who support fracking say it could bring much-needed jobs to New York.  Fracking hasn't been allowed in New York since the statte began a review of the drilling technology in 2008.

Julia Walsh, campaign director for Frack Action, told the gathered activists that New York should not follow other states, like Pennsylvania, that currently allow fracking.

"Let New York lead the way in stopping this practice and let us call on our governor today to become a leader for a renewable energy future that we know is possible," Walsh said.

After the rally, the day of action against fracking continued with a concert in Albany. Singers Natalie Merchant, John Sebastian, and Joan Osborne were among those who performed. Actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo also appeared.

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