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Cuomo Says Fracking Decision May Take Even Longer

Monday, December 16, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he may not decide whether the state should go ahead with hydro fracking for natural gas until after the November 2014 elections.

The governor previously said he’d decide on whether to okay fracking in New York before Election Day 2014, but on Monday he said he wants to give his health commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, all the time he needs to complete an ongoing health review that began over a year ago.

“I don’t want to put any undue pressure on them that would artificially abbreviate what they’re doing,” Cuomo said.

Dr. Shah said he continues to examine evolving science on fracking, but said he does not feel a need to reveal details right now of how the study is progressing.

“The process needs to be transparent at the end,” Shah said. “Not during.”

Shah also said “science needs to be done in a sacred place," in order for the data to be analyzed in an objective manner.

Cuomo said the decision on whether to go ahead with the controversial gas drilling process will be a “major decision” with “potential health consequences."

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