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Fracking opponents in Cooperstown: Drilling will ruin economy of tourism

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Among the many people gathered in Cooperstown, was a group of hydrofracking protestors.

Dozens of people gathered to talk about the dangers of the controversial form of drilling. Demonstrators believe it could harm the environment, drilling supporters believe there could be a big economic benefit.

Protestors at the Baseball Hall of Fame even referenced the sport's iconic movie "Field of Dreams" to make their point.

"Instead of saying if you build it they will come, what people are talking about today is if you frack it they won't come. The president is coming here to talk about promoting tourism, and you can't have fracking and tourism in the same region. It will ruin the economy of tourism and ruin the farming economy," said Wes Gillingham, the program director of Catskill Mountainkeeper.

A moratorium on hydrofracking remains in New York as the health department continues its environmental review.

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