Green groups disagree with Moniz’s ‘rhetoric’ on fracking

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Ernest Moniz. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

By Scott Waldman, Capital New York 5:40 p.m. | Feb. 18, 2014
A coalition of New York’s environmental groups sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on Tuesday, after an interview with Capital in which he praised the job-creating potential of hydraulic fracturing.

Moniz cited Pennsylvania’s experience with fracking as “amazing,” saying drilling had “enormous economic benefits for the state” that could possibly help New York too.

But the state’s environmental groups, which have so far succeeded in prolonging a moratorium on drilling, responded by saying the economic benefits had been overstated and that pro-fracking arguments were industry “rhetoric.”

… The groups signing onto the letter include: New Yorkers Against Fracking, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Citizen Action, Food&Water Watch, Frack Action and New York Public Interest Research Group.

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