Cuomo: Nothing new on fracking decision

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The latest on New York’s ongoing hydrofracking decision-making process? There’s nothing new, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

Cuomo, appearing on public-radio program “The Capitol Pressroom,” said he’s waiting on the Department of Health to complete its review of fracking before a decision is made. He offered no timeline on when that review may be completed.

“There is nothing new there,” Cuomo said. “We’re still waiting for the Department of Health to make their decision.”

There hasn’t been much — really, any — information released on the state’s fracking review since mid-February, when the state Department of Environmental Conservation missed a deadline to finalize a set of proposed regulations. Since then, Health Commissioner Nirav Shah said in early March that his personal review of the health impacts of fracking would wrap up in “the next few weeks.”

Cuomo said criticism of the transparency (or lack thereof) in the 4 1/2-year decision-making process — Cuomo inherited it in 2011 — is more about people wanting an answer that suits their views.

“I don’t think that people are really faulting the process,” Cuomo said. “They want to know the outcome and they want to know the outcome is the outcome they want. I don’t think it’s about the transparency. I think they want a final conclusion that supports their opinion.”

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  1. Mary Sweeney on

    Complaints about the lack of transparency are about transparency. Yes, we’re all waiting to see what the outcome will be. But secrecy about any issue this big is inexcusable and when the secrecy in question is secrecy about public health, that is REALLY inexcusable. NY should be conducting an open, public health impact assessment. Instead, NY is…well, no one is quite sure what NY is doing with the health “review.” That’s why many of us are complaining about the lack of transparency.

  2. Thanks King Cuomo, while you sit on a decision, the pheasants of upstate NY continue to loose jobs (10% unemployment), be foreclosed on their property, migrate out to anywhere else. When the puppet master is exposed it will be shown the King has no clothes. Real leadership is what NY needs, not your politics and hypocrisy.

  3. I wish there was transparency with the health review and what of the SGEIS? Now that the date for that has expired? We are getting no answers, just a lot of questions are being raised.

  4. Hugh Kimball on

    Why is the most recent version of the SGEIS and whatever the DEC did for a health impact study being withheld from the public and the state legislature? Regardless of whether we say “drill now” or “ban forever,” why cannot this information be revealed?

  5. Hugh Kimball on

    I was not aware that pheasants held jobs and hope they don’t loose too many. (:

  6. While I applaud Governor Cuomo’s interest in public health, he really should not decry the public’s demand for transparency–it is very real. New Yorkers deserve to see for themselves how the decision to permit or not permit gas drilling in our state is being made. I am dismayed to read that the Governor thinks we just want to know the outcome. Governor, you are wrong: we do fault the process–and how!

  7. I want to chime in on the lack of transparency as well. Who are the three experts that Dr. Shah has hired to review the health impacts of fracking, for starters. Why did NYS DEC not include a health impact study in the draft SGEIS? Where is the transcript when Cuomo and the oil industry met behind closed doors? Why aren’t the scientists’ warnings of the dangers of fracking carrying more weight? Questions remain. A lot of ’em.

  8. Well, as they say, “no news is good news.” At least he (Cuomo) didn’t say anything to make us think he was leaning toward fracking, or deciding about it. Everything in these comments is correct – there is no transparency and if there is nothing to hide, why are they hiding it?

  9. I don’t mean to sound elitist, but why does it seem that the pro- frackers are the commenters who can’t spell, can’t use proper grammar, and are obviously uneducated? Do you think there might be a correlation here? Uneducated= pro-fracking. Educated= anti-fracking. The more you read, the more you know, the more opposed to hydrofracking you are!

  10. This is more double speak. Here’s the reality… Under Cuomo NY has experienced the demise of 39,453 NY state businesses last year, Cuomo is raiding $1.75 billion from the reserves of the already over budget State Insurance Fund (SIF). Coumo can not even hold on to his democratic majority which is in the middle of a corruption scandal with “show-me-the-money culture” and “pay-to-play politics” throughout Albany. Cuomo has disenfranchised the Northern and Western part of New York with his SAFE Act.. He can’t make a decision, either way with respect to fracking. New York has the highest taxes in the nation, is the most indebted state, with 33 percent of income dedicated to borrowing. It is ranked as the least “business-friendly” state in the country and if that were not bad enough NY has the distinction of being the least free state in the union and is called the “Nanny State” with politicians legislating what we eat and drink. Municipal governments from Nassau County to Yonkers to Syracuse are teetering. And during Mr. Cuomo’s time in office, unemployment has risen above the national average. 9% of the state’s 2000 population left for another state between 2000 and 2011 — the highest such figure in the nation,” see the study by George Mason’s libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center.