Drilling Critics Face a Divide Over the Goal of Their Fight”, on the issues that divide environmental groups on fracking. Mr. Gillingham said, “When we started out, what we wanted was more information on what this (fracking) means for New York. No one had any thought about calling for a ban. But the more you find out about gas drilling and how it’s been practiced by the industry today, the more you realize it can’t be done safely. It would just be a disaster for New York State.” Even though Mr. Gillingham has worked closely and effectively with national groups, he is still baffled that they can support fracking under any conditions, “For the average person on the ground over the Marcellus Shale who is living with this issue, the fact that the national groups are not saying, ‘Not here, no way,’ is shocking."