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Hydrofracking in Finger Lakes more likely if Cayuga Power Plant Switches to Gas, Opponents Say

Lansing, N.Y. -- Plans to switch the Cayuga Power Plant from coal to natural gas will draw a protest Saturday from environmentalists who fear the plant will use gas extracted by hydrofracking.

The Finger Lakes Action Network will protest outside the plant in Lansing beginning at 10 a.m. The plant sits just north of Ithaca on Cayuga Lake.

"Repowering the plant with fracked gas and continuing to allow it to dangerously burn fossil fuels presents great risk to the life and land around it," the group said in a news release. "Converting the coal-fired power plant to one which burns fracked gas will take us one step closer towards fracking in the Finger Lakes region and means the increased presence of fracking industry."

Cayuga Operating Co. said last July it planned to close the coal-fired plant by early this year because it was no longer profitable. The state Public Service Commission ordered a study of options for the plant, and in March the company filed an application to switch to natural gas.
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