Protestors demonstrated in Buffalo on Tuesday afternoon outside the Michigan Avenue office of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation calling for a moratorium on a process called "hydraulic fracturing". It's a relatively new process being used in some states to boost natural gas production but its critics say the process contaminates drinking water. The protestors gave examples of problems experienced in northeast Pennsylvania communities.
"The town of Dimrock, they've had explosions of wells," says Robert Ciesielski of the Sierra Club Niagara Group, "They've had polluted water and there is no regulation for this."
"There are some significant horror stories coming out of those communities about tainted drinking water, inability to raise cattle, inability to take showers, dermatological problems, cancers, different problems that are coming out as a result of this process," says Jessica Schwartz who describes herself as a concerned citizen.
Hydraulic fracturing is not being done yet in New York and the protestors are asking the D.E.C. and state lawmakers not to allow it at least until more studies can be done on the long-term effects.