Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said no one should be reading into the lack of a hydrofracking mention in his State of the State address, pointing to the ongoing review of the controversial technique.
“We’re doing a review of fracking on the merits,” Cuomo said, echoing comments by one of his top aides made yesterday. “We’re now looking at the health consequences of hydrofracking, as you know. That has nothing to do with the State of the State.”
Cuomo’s comments came after receiving his flu shot in the Red Room of the state Capitol.
The state’s review of hydrofracking, of course, has stretched back to 2008, under then-Gov. David Paterson’s administration. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is facing a Feb. 27 deadline to finalize its latest proposed hydrofracking regulations or have them expire. (Public comment is being accepted on the proposals until 5 p.m. Friday.)
Cuomo bristled when asked about criticism from fracking supporters about his plan to boost the upstate economy, including a call to allow three Las Vegas-style casinos there.
“That is some tortured, conspiratorial analysis to say because he doesn’t want to do fracking—which no one ever said, you’d have to assume a fact. It wouldn’t be the first time, but you’d have to assume that fact—then we would be doing casinos upstate,” Cuomo told reporters. “That’s a tad stretch even for some of your friends.”