Those opposed to gas drilling now have their own group in Tioga county. The recently formed Residents Against Fracking Tioga–or RAFT– is teaming up with VERSE, the Vestal group with the same sentiment and the Coalition to Protect New York to bring to light the dangers of hydro-fracking at a forum this Sunday in Owego. A Coalition representative, Maura Stephens of Spencer, says that Tioga County is behind the rest of the region in learning what she calls the “whole story” –the non-gas company story about hydro-fracking. The forum aims to correct that with presentations by a physicist about the science of the technique, an endocrinologist about the health dangers, two Pennsylvania dairy farmers who have experienced the effects of fracking and an attorney working with anti-fracking community groups. The forum takes place Sunday at 6:30 pm at the Hubbard Auditorim, 56 Main Street, Owego.
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