Events across NY generate anti-fracking comments

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- State regulations make for pretty dull reading, but you'd never know it from the mountains of cardboard boxes of public comments generated by the latest gas-drilling guidelines proposed by New York's environmental agency.

Many of the 204,000 letters anti-drilling groups say they submitted are the result of social media outreach and meetings where organizers handed out form letters and stamped envelopes.

Environmental groups say the comments demonstrate the intensity of sentiment against natural gas development. Industry officials dismiss them as a misrepresentation of actual sentiment and a tactic to stall development by drowning regulators in an ocean of paper.

If nothing else, it demonstrates the grassroots organizing power of the anti-gas drilling movement in New York, where high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, hasn't even begun.