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Teachout, Wu press fracking ban with activist actor
ALBANY — Democratic candidate for governor Zephyr Teachout, her running mate Tim Wu, and actor and activist Mark Ruffalo are scheduled Wednesday to underscore the candidates’ opposition to drilling for natural gas upstate.
The issue often referred to as hydrofracking is a major issue in this year’s governor’s race. Teachout said she would ban the drilling, which environmentalists say threatens drinking water. Her rival in Tuesday Democratic primary, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, has delayed his decision on the thorny political issue throughout his term.
Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino said he supports exploration that could lead to drilling and notes that more than two dozen other states have found the lucrative business to be safe.
In their press conference in Manhattan, Teachout and Wu will discuss their recent visit to Pennsylvania drilling sites. They say there are more than 200 cases of water contamination.
Polls have shown New Yorkers are divided over fracking. But there is some strong sentiments in upstate’s southern tier for drilling as a way to turn around a long moribund economy.
Cuomo has ordered his Health Department to do further studies. No decision is scheduled to be announced before Election Day in November.