Cuomo: No decision yet on hydrofracking

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo debated the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing today, but he said the state has yet to reach a conclusion on the controversial drilling practice — which has been on hold for nearly five years.

“We understand the economic benefits. What are the health and environmental consequences? And that’s what we are studying,” Cuomo said today on “The Capitol Pressroom,” a public radio show. “And that’s not a little question, it’s a big question and it’s a controversial question. And we’re trying to substitute information for emotion.”

fracking4Hydrofracking has been on hold in New York since 2008 as state regulators review the potential environmental impacts of the drilling technique. The prime spot for hydrofracking would be in the Southern Tier, which sits above the gas-rich Marcellus Shale.

Cuomo has been waiting on a review by the state Department of Health, but the department’s research has dragged on for months, with no details on when it would be finished or what is currently being studied. In February, Health Commissioner Nirav Shah said he would complete his review of hydraulic fracturing and shale-gas drilling in the “next few weeks.”

Asked about the delay, Cuomo said, “We don’t have an update at this time from the Department of Health.”

Cuomo, a first-term Democrat, has been caught between pressure from environmentalists to ban hydrofracking and the gas industry that wants to tap into the region’s energy supply. And voters are split: A Siena College poll Monday showed 41 percent of voters supported fracking and 42 percent opposed — consistent with the divide found in myriad polls in recent years.

Cuomo has sought to rebuild the upstate economy, and the Southern Tier has suffered among the worst job losses in the state. Cuomo warned that hydrofracking could help certain areas — if the communities wanted the drilling — but wouldn’t be a panacea for the whole upstate economy.

“If we approved hydrofracking today, that is not in and of itself going to change the trajectory of the upstate economy,” Cuomo said. “We still need to do reducing taxes, tourism, more manufacturing, building off the SUNY centers upstate.”

Still, Cuomo didn’t rule out that fracking would move forward. He has repeatedly said the state’s decision would be based on facts, not emotions.

“There’s no reason why hydrofracking in those places couldn’t be conducted as part of this economic agenda that we have. We have a very regionalized economic agenda,” Cuomo said. “In the places where hydrofracking could work, great.”

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  1. To drill, or not to drill, that is the question:
    Whether ‘tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
    The Slings and Arrows of outrageous anti-frackers,
    Or to take Arms against a Sea of property owners,
    And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep

    King Andy is at it again with his Hamlet soliloquy

    Upstate will remember this indecision come Nov 2014.

  2. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    Look! Nice HEADLINE
    “Cuomo: No decision yet on hydrofracking”

    At least it’s very refreshing to learn today in the Presence of This Bright Sunlight in The State of New York that The Governor of This Stage ,( I mean State ) is incompetent to ” make Decisions ” in Governance of The Public Affairs.

    Yet, his Showboating of Harleys and Mustangs keep filling up the Pages of Média. His Poets say he is popular! What good is Popularity when the People are suffering and the Law Makers seems to be engaged in ” soliciting sexual favors from ” State Assembly Females Working There” . . . And, their Attorneys “hiding the Files Containing Complaints”!

    May be that’s the Popularity! Hey, where is the $200,000 Paid by The Speaker of The NYS Assembly ” for keeping the other Females approximately two of them” coming forward! Of course, until ” the NSA” found out! I am guessing, was it leaked in The Press because ” those two ffemale Staff Members ” may have refused to engage having ” sex” . . . Hey! Read what types of OOrgies were going on in Madoff New York Offices! Yes! Same thing is the norm almost everywhere!

    I have been long in Politics; And, always wonder why these Types of People have very Hong Girls in Short Mini Skirts around them?

    Almost a decade later, its flashing accross the Country How these People actually operate!

    I have seen it all going on while in and around these People! But, mote so to blame singularly are not just these Politicians, rather more ” those females who enjoy being and having sex with these People; and then cry ” Oh!. . . ” particularly the 20 Somethings ( that’s what they uplift and call them today ) and these females are also recruite other ” innocent Hong girls under the pretext of being their Friends”!

    But, those girls and the Politicians forget that ” many Girls are Someone’s Daughters”

    Go watch the Al Pacanio Movie Scarcface ! That a very true reflection of Eyes Wide Shut with Nicole Kidman!

    Shuuuuuush! Don’t tell anyone ok.

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller

  3. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    CORRECTION: the word typed is “YOUNG” and not Hong in the above comment.

    Thanks.

  4. Send Andy and all the other lefties a note thanking them for outrageous energy prices, gas pump agita, debilitating upstate unemployment, and no progress on energy independence, which we will dearly pay for in the next Gulf emergency.