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      Pushing for more transparency to clear up hydrofracking confusion

      Elected officials from Central New York and all over the state are asking the state's highest leaders at the Environment, Governmental and Health levels to take a closer look at the recent revisions to the Department of Environmental Conservation's Hydrofracking impact study.

      T hey're asking medical and scientific experts to truly look at how fracking would impact health for the people and animals of th e state. More specifically, what effects drilling would have on air quality, water supply, and overall quality of life.

      They want more transparency.

      Governor Cuomo delayed a decision on lifting the fracking ban after New York missed its deadline last Thursday for a completed Health Review.

      Outside experts were to have 25 hours to review the report by Monday. But the elected officials, representing all 62 counties in the state, say that's just not enough time.

      "We must be able to see what has changed, we must be able to have a comprehensive review of any health changes or considerations, knowing what we know now from Pennsylvania," says Syracuse Councilwoman Jean Kessner.

      "We need to listen to all of the comments from across the state, once we have all of that we will have a better dialogue, make better decisions," says Syracuse City Councilwoman Kathleen Joy. "Before that happens, there should be no acting on hydrofracking whatsoever."

      Both councilwomen are part of the Elected Officials to Protect New York.

      Syracuse was one of the first municipalities in the state to ban hydrofracking within its limits.

      The watershed in Skaneateles is also protected.