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Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono deliver comments; Groups submit over 200,000 comments on fracking

Members of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy collected 23,924 written comments critical of New York State’s draft fracking regulations, which were delivered to the NY Department of Environmental Conservation on January 11.
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A press release from the coalition said that the drilling issue has become deeply entwined with the political process at the state and local levels in some areas. It said, “In July, a Freedom of Information Act request by the Environmental Working Group revealed that gas industry lobbyists were given preferential access to draft regulations by DEC, allowing them to lobby for changes before the regulations were released to the public. A few weeks ago, Common Cause released an analysis of campaign contributions of pro-fracking interests during the 2012 election cycle. It showed pro-fracking interests contributed nearly $400,000 to candidates for state legislature and county executive in New York’s Southern Tier. In some races, contributions from pro-fracking interests were more than 20% of a candidate’s total fundraising.”