Cuomo: Natural gas can be “very effective,” but fracking questions persist

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo had supportive things to say Tuesday about natural gas as a fuel, but said there are still questions about whether it can be developed safely with hydraulic fracturing.

Asked Tuesday about President Barack Obama calling natural gas an “effective transition fuel” in a speech on climate change last month, Cuomo said he generally agrees.

“There’s no doubt that natural gas can be a very effective fuel for this country,” Cuomo told reporters.

But how does that square with the Cuomo administration’s lack of a decision on fracking in the Marcellus Shale in the Southern Tier, which is believed to have an ample supply of natural gas? Cuomo said it’s a different issue.

“The question is not: Do you think natural gas is good?” Cuomo said. “The question is: Can you, in fracking in that area, develop the natural gas? And what are the health or environmental consequences of that development? That’s a different issue of whether or not you think natural gas is good.”

Environmental, health and anti-fracking groups have raised numerous concerns about the fracking process, particularly as it’s related to water quality and the public health. The natural-gas industry says the risks can be properly mitigated.

State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah was first tasked last year with reviewing the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposals for fracking to ensure they protect the public health. That review apparently continues, and a decision on fracking waits until it’s finalized.

Cuomo said there’s no update on when that work may be completed. “There’s nothing new as far as I know,” he said.

(Mike Grol/AP Photo)

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  1. HABIBHASAN- An American Storyteller is saying “. . .may the Governor of The State of New York needs to dig some truth and make just a little sense of when he makes such a big statement that ““The question is not: Do you think natural gas is good?” Cuomo said. “The questions is: Can you, in fracking in that area, develop the natural gas? And what are the health or environmental consequences of that development? That’s a different issue of whether or not you think natural gas is good.”

    As mentioned in this Blog!. . .

    What, I am saying is this is inaccurate of what This Governor is saying! Here! Let me ask everyone who has been following these developments about what is coined as ” fracturing” and with Particular References to The Honorable Governor’s Remarks just go in the Archives of This Blog and Read what happened back then?

    The ” Companies that were interested in this fracturing ” for whatever reasons. . . Prior, to all this including this so much ” big Cuomo Concerns ” what I feel ” very strangely so caring” is the FACT ( as also ) Published in the POLITICS ON HUDSON BLOG! that those Companies and There Attorneys had alread ” got leases” for drilling their Properties! And, a large numbers of NYS Property Oweres were not even aware what was been ” offered and obtaining signatures” for!

    Now, a few Years later since last night. . . This ” HEADLINES CONCERNS OF The Governor is making no sense to me!

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller

  2. Actually, Gov. Cuomo played this whole fracking issue brilliantly because if his health department declares that it’s safe to lift the moratorium, he can say that he looked into the health concerns of fracking and didn’t find anything and the state will go ahead with the economic bonanza that fracking will provide. On the other hand, if his health department finds that fracking presents a public health risk, he can hide behind that finding and maintain the moratorium. Either way, he’s protected.

    The question would then become did Gov. Cuomo weasel his way out of his responsibility by putting the ‘monkey on on his health department’s back’?