A group of New York landowners whose properties are located on the Marcellus Shale staged a protest against plans for tougher drilling rules in the area. The owners, who may earn from leasing their land to energy companies, also disputed allegations that drilling could threaten public health. "If people are educated with the facts and not with environmental scare rhetoric, I think this thing will move along very quickly," said Dan Fitzsimmons, leader of the group.

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