The head of the state Republican Party is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to detail what was discussed in a pair of meetings last year between Cuomo’s top governmental and political advisers and the leaders of the state’s hydraulic fracturing review.
GOP Chairman Ed Cox released a statement this afternoon calling for more details from the Cuomo administration, citing a Gannett Albany Bureau report that revealed the January 2013 meetings.
The meetings were listed among 2,000 pages of former Health Commissioner Nirav Shah’s daily schedules, which were heavily redacted. The subject of the two meetings was blacked out, though a Cuomo spokesman said the topic of discussion was Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State and budget addresses.
“From the start, Andrew Cuomo has said that the State’s process of reviewing natural gas development was based upon scientific considerations rather than political considerations, and from the start, Andrew Cuomo has not been telling the truth,” Cox said. “If he has been telling the truth, he should release all of the details of meetings between his political advisers and the natural gas study team.”
Cox, of course, isn’t exactly an indifferent observer when it comes to hydrofracking and shale-gas drilling. \sec-complaint-against-state-gops-ed-cox-over-fracking-ties/”>He and his wife own between $2 million and $3 million in stock in Noble Energy, a company that is drilling for gas in other states. Cox also collects a fee for sitting on the company’s board.
Cuomo has repeatedly said a decision on high-volume fracking — which has been on hold in New York since 2008 — would be based on science, not emotion or politics. He’s currently facing two lawsuits accusing him of delaying a decision for political reasons.