The short answer is, well, nobody seems to know.
At various times since 2008, New York regulators have taken their best guess at when the state would make a decision on whether to allow large-scale fracking, the much-debated technique used to unlock gas from the Marcellus Shale.
Each time, they’ve been off.
With the state’s budget negotiations over, advocates and opponents of fracking are again bolstering their efforts in Albany as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration continues to weigh the decision behind closed doors.
But now, perhaps more than ever, none of them seem to have any idea when the decision will finally come — and which side of the debate Cuomo ultimately will favor. Lawmakers and lobbyists who were once clued in on the Cuomo administration’s thinking said they haven’t heard anything substantive in weeks.
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A Siena poll released this morning showed 45 percent of New York voters oppose fracking compared to 40 percent in favor, with greater support in the suburbs and more opposition upstate and in New York City. (There’s a 3.4 percentage point margin of error.)
A spokesman for New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition of groups, said the poll shows people upstate do not want to be “guinea pigs for fracking that will jeopardize our state’s water, food, climate, health and quality of life.”
“Governor Cuomo should listen to the voices of New Yorkers and the scientists and health professionals who are warning of fracking’s inherent dangers rather than gas industry propaganda,” Alex Beauchamp, the spokesman, said.
The Independent Oil & Gas Association, meanwhile, delivered a postcard to all state legislators today, touting the environmental benefits of natural gas for Earth Day.
The group also penned the below letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, expressing concern that “a profound misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the processes for indigenous natural gas productionmay now prevail in New York.”