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DEC fracking hearings begin today in Dansville

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It's a special all fracking coverage edition of Trail Mix.

Today, a special all fracking, all the time, Trail Mix.

The Innovation Trail's Zack Seward will be reporting from the Dansville DEC fracking hearings today.  Keep tabs on what's going on by following him on Twitter @zackseward.

Tomorrow the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond will be reporting from Binghamton.

Last night the Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick covered a gas-industry sponsored meeting about drilling in Geneva.

New York

The timeline to permit horizontal fracking has slowed down, as New York's agencies have struggled to determine how it would affect the budgets of various agencies tasked with responding to it (Matt Richmond, Innovation Trail).

Environmentalists will be arguing that controls on fracking in watersheds aren't strong enough to protect drinking supplies (AP).

A series of earthquakes in the Southern Tier 2001 may have been caused by drilling operations - and could be repeated if drilling goes forward (Steve Orr, Democrat and Chronicle).

Can't make today's hearing? You can comment officially online.  Or you can submit your questions about fracking to the Innovation Trail - we'll put them to DEC commissioner Joe Martens when he appears on New York NOW on December 9.

Anti-fracking activist Deborah Rogers spoke at Clarkson University last night and she spoke with North Country Public Radio earlier in the day.

Pennsylvania

The Federal Energy Regulator Commission says the "MARC 1" gas pipeline can go forward in northern Pennsylvania (AP).

A University of Michigan poll about fracking shows that 41 percent of Pennsylvanians surveyed think drilling benefits have outweighed problems (Erich Schwartzel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

A family is charging that a gas company lied about how much it paid for their property as a PR move (Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

Pennsylvania's Senate has approved legislation that would levy an "impact fee" on gas drillers - it now goes to the state's House (Laura Olson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

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