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Anti-frackers show up for Democratic parley
The state Democratic committee and two other groups sponsoring a series of talks on policy in midtown Manhattan drew about 100 anti-fracking protesters across the street who want a ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, saying environmental hazards can't or won't be avoided if the technique is allowed in New York. One person was escorted out by sescurity personnel after disrupting one of the seminars with a sign and shouted message about fracking.
With a moratorium currently in effect, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who addressed and attended the parley Wednesday morning, has not flatly ruled out fracking in the future.