An historic preservation group is weighing in on hydro fracking for the first time, and they don't like what they say they’ve been learning about the gas drilling process. They say it would change the nature of the landscape from rural to industrial and would detract from heritage tourism in the Marcellus shale region.
'New York Now' takes a closer look at one of the most hotly-debated issues of 2011: hydrofracking-- a controversial technology that uses a mixture of water and chemicals to extract natural gas from below the Earth's surface. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens discusses the 900-page draft of his department's findings on hydrofracking and says he believes the process can be done safely without contaminating the ground water. Watch the video below for commentary from Martens and environmental groups.