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    As New York debates hydrofracking, NYPIRG raises awareness

    The New York Public Interest Research Group discussed problems surrounding hydrofracking in the United States with Queens College students on Dec. 9. Entitled “What the Frack?” the event aimed to raise awareness amongst QC students and voters as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to make a decision on the approval of hydrofracking in New York. Hydrofracking is the process where sand, water and chemicals are mixed to apply pressure on shale rocks, yielding natural gas — a fossil fuel. “Hydrofracking is the issue that is revitalizing the environmental movement to a place it hasn’t been since the 1970s,” project coordinator with NYPIRG who deals with environmental campaigns, Gabe Recchio said.…

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    Cuomo is a no show at fracking protest

    Elaborate costumes, catchy signs and an environmental cause joined hundreds of protestors together at Hudson River Park to give Gov. Andrew Cuomo a clear message: “Ban Fracking Now!” Unfortunately, Cuomo wasn’t around to hear it. He skipped out on his evening at the New York City Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19 where protestors planned on reminding him of the dangerous effects hydrofracking would have on New York’s food and beverage supply as well as the threat they pose to health and the environment. This protest was one of more than 200 events taking place around the world on Oct. 19 as part of the second annual Global…

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    Zombie Walk raises awareness about hydrofracking

    Ripped shirts, bloody faces, dark stares and pale skin — no, it is not a zombie apocalypse or a scene from “The Walking Dead” — rather, students dressed as zombies as part of New York Public Interest Research Group’s, Zombie Walk against hydrofracking. On Nov. 14, student activists and members of NYPIRG gathered around the flag pole on the Quad during Free Hour, eagerly awaiting passersby to spread the word about hydraulic fracturing: the extraction of natural gas from the earth, which can cause harmful chemicals to come into water systems potentially making people sick. This event was a “visual representation of the dangers of hydrofracking and the havoc it…