County Exec to Decide on Fracking in Erie County

December 31, 2013 Updated Dec 31, 2013 at 1:43 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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December 31, 2013 Updated Dec 31, 2013 at 1:43 PM EDT

Buffalo,NY
(WKBW)

One by one more than 35 people signed up to speak out about hydraulic fracturing. Their opinions were intense.

"No fracking in New York State and in Erie County! Never!" yelled one speaker.

Fracking is the process of drilling for natural gas by using a pressurized liquid to release the gas from underground rocks.

Rita Yelda spoke at the meeting on behalf of Food and Water Watch and Western New York Drilling Defense.
She says the data shows fracking is a proven threat to public safety.

Supporters of fracking claim the health hazards simply aren't true.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has 10 days from Monday to sign the anti-fracking bill into law.

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