BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Hydrofracking opponents continue to push for public participation in the state's ongoing health review of the procedure.
Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan was joined by other coalition members Tuesday to announce the details of a letter that is being sent to the Governor. It has gained more than 1,500 signatures from environmental and civic groups, as well as scientists, physicians and other citizens.
The letter requests that Governor Andrew Cuomo put the Department of Health Review on hold, pending formal public participation and other revisions.
"There has never been a single piece of paper released to the public about the scope of the Department of Health review, how it’s being undertaken, what the critical issues are. There has been no public disclosure or public notice in any way about that entire proceeding," said Walter Hang, President of Toxics Targeting.
Toxics Targeting also announced the release of a new interactive map on the company's website. President Walter Hang says the map allows citizens to identify health and environmental threats that could be made worse by fracking.