Yesterday, a debate on horizontal hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), the process used to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, was held on the campus of the State University of New York at Cortland. “Debating the Pros and Cons of Gas Drilling” featured Professor Anthony R. Ingraffea from Cornell University on the anti-drilling side, and Professor Donald Siegel from Syracuse University on the pro-drilling side. Unfortunately MDN could not be in attendance. Since those opposed to drilling focus almost exclusively on the issue of fracking, one would expect this event to be heavily covered by the media. But checking news sources in the Binghamton, Cortland, Syracuse and Ithaca areas finds only a single report from all of the news outlets, from Binghamton’s WBNG-TV Channel 12 (embedded below).
Perhaps the debate being held on a Sunday had something to do with the dearth of media coverage. Perhaps it’s too soon to expect to see coverage (being less than 24 hours later). MDN will continue to keep an eye out for any other media coverage. However, if you attended the meeting, please leave us a comment below on what you saw and heard.
MDN previously heard Prof. Ingraffea hold court nearly one year ago. You can read that report here: Cornell Hydraulic Fracturing Expert Headlines First Meeting of New York Residents Against Drilling (NYRAD) in Vestal, NY.
WBNG-TV Channel 12 (Feb 20) – Hydrofracking Debate