When more than 1,000 people marched in the streets of downtown Albany to protest hydraulic fracturing on Monday, they left little doubt whom they were targeting: Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The governor is expected to soon lift a moratorium and permit limited drilling in the Marcellus shale, if local communities agree.
Cuomo's pending decision marks the end of an extensive regulatory and environmental review of the controversial technique.
That review has extended for more than four years and has pitted environmentalists against the industry, which says gas drilling could provide an economic boost to the state’s struggling Southern Tier.
The march was organized by several groups that are calling for a statewide hydrofracking ban.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.