Protesters Say Gas-Drilling Plan is Hot Air

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    Low angle view of man digging trench with jack hammer. Luanda, Angola.

    Activists are trying to drum up support for a bill that would ban a controversial natural gas drilling technique in New York until the Environmental Protection Agency affirms that it is safe.

    The group told reporters at City Hall on Friday that it has serious concerns about the drilling method, called high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

    It involves injecting huge amounts of pressurized water into the ground to crack rock and force gas to the surface.

    Critics say it can lead to groundwater pollution. They also question the safety of chemicals used during the drilling process.

    The Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York says hydraulic fracturing has been used safely in the state for 60 years without any harm coming to drinking water.