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Petition Urges Protection Of State Drinking Water

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A New York environmental group is asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to protect the city's water against a controversial gas drilling method.

The New York Public Interest Research Group says upstate hydrofracking could contaminate the city's water supply, which is piped in from reservoirs more than a 100 miles away.

Members gave the governor's Manhattan office a petition with 10,000 signatures Tuesday urging against the controversial process.

"We want to let New Yorkers know what's going on and it can harm our drinking water," said one petition participant.

"Very few people really pay attention and realize what hydrofracking is and what it has to do with New York City, especially because people just believe our water is here and don't realize we get our water from upstate," said another.

New York is expected to release a study on the effects of hydrofracking in June.

The attorney general threatened to sue the federal government if it does not investigate as well.

The earliest the state can begin issuing permits to drill for natural gas is July.

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