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Protesters call on DEC employees to take time reviewing fracking comments

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Protesters call on DEC employees to take time reviewing fracking comments
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- DEC employees in Syracuse were greeted by protesters as they left work Wednesday.

Dozens of citizens and activists gathered on Erie Boulevard to call on employees to come out as whistleblowers on hydrofracking. The group says they want to see the DEC take its time reviewing the more than 60,000 comments submitted on the Environmental Impact Statement and not rush to a decision about whether to allow hydrofracking in New York State. They say it shouldn't be about political science, but real science and facts.

"We know that a lot of the employees at the DEC are here because they care about the environment and public health. So we're just encouraging more support to come forward. You know, we've never had an issue that's going to impact so many people across New York State," said Renee Vogelsang, Frack Action organizer.

The DEC is in the process of reviewing all of the comments that were submitted. There is no deadline for when that process needs to be complete.

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