30 Nov '11, 11pm

Chants, Boos and Celebrities at a Standoff on Fracking: The usual arguments unfold, but three actors add shot o...

Getty Images Abram Loeb, an opponent of fracking, wore a gas mask to a fracking hearing in Manhattan. An update on the state hearing in New York City to solicit public comment on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking: There were few empty seats Wednesday afternoon in the 913-seat auditorium at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Manhattan as officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation convened the hearing’s first three-hour session at 1 p.m. (A second one is scheduled from 6 to 9.p.m.) Testimony was dominated by passionate opponents who called for a state ban on fracking, which involves injecting vast amounts of water and chemicals into underground rock to release natural gas. They insisted that such drilling poses an unacceptable risk of contaminating air and water and that there is no way of making it safe. While the arguments for and against drilling...

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green.blogs.nytimes.com 30 Nov '11, 11pm

Getty Images Abram Loeb, an opponent of fracking, wore a gas mask to a fracking hearing in Manhattan. An update on the sta...

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green.blogs.nytimes.com 30 Nov '11, 4pm

Hearings on the controversial natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing move today to New York City, a lo...