In this past weekend’s Gannett newspapers, we took a look at the debate over hydrofracking in New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s difficulty in finding a middle ground.
While reaction to the state’s decision to delay a decision to allow or deny high-volume hydrofracking has been mixed, a pair of prominent elected officials in the Southern Tier signaled that they believe a decision has to be made soon — one way or the other.
From the article:
Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, said the state needs to make a decision before year’s end. If it lingers longer, the decision would get caught up in the state legislative session, which starts in January.
“My sense is that something has to be decided by the end of this year,” said Libous, who supports fracking. “To go beyond that, I think, becomes extremely problematic.”
Broome County Executive Debbie Preston, also a Republican and a hydrofracking supporter, said she needs to know what the state is going to do so the region can plan for the future.
“Let’s do what we got to do, say ‘yes or no’ and let’s move on,” Preston told Gannett’s Joseph Spector. “Because if we are not going to be doing this, we have to figure out what we are going to do — what we are going to do in the Southern Tier and in New York state.”