Anti-pipeline rally held in Albany

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Now that fracking is banned for the time being in New York State, anti-fracking activists have turned their attention to the build-up in natural gas infrastructure in New York State.

In particular, pipelines and the requisite compressor stations.

A group calling itself Stop the New York Fracked Gas Pipeline gathered in Albany today to urge Governor Cuomo to prohibit the expansion of natural gas infrastructure.

Fractivists claim that the systems leak large amounts of gas which in turn is a public health threat.

They say the leaked gas can cause asthma, COPD, congestive heart failure and, in some cases, permanent cognitive delays.

They want the Department of Health to conduct a health impact assessment of existing natural gas pipelines and compressor stations before approving any more permits.

“We really want to have a professional study done and then when people are properly educated, then we can make, by we I mean the public can make an assessment ourselves and say additional pipelines are ok, additional infrastructure is ok or not,” said the group’s co-founder, Robert Connors.

A spokesman for the New York Oil Producers Association said because renewable energy can’t compete with natural gas and oil prices, its supporters are making phony health and safety claims about the gas and oil industry.

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