The Environmental Protection Agency relocates its New York hearing:
In anticipation of as many as 8,000 people at a public hearing on natural gas drilling, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it was moving it from Binghamton University to a Syracuse convention center 65 miles north. The hearing is the fourth and last by the EPA around the country to get public comment on its study of hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells. Critics say the technology, which blasts chemical-laced water into the earth, could poison water supplies. The industry says it’s been used safely for decades.
The EPA said 300 people have signed up to speak at Thursday’s sessions and 1,200 are expected to attend. But C. Peter Magrath, interim president of Binghamton University, said information from law enforcement and various interest groups suggest that an estimated 8,000 people could descend on the campus, prompting the university to raise its cost estimate to cover increased security and a larger meeting area.