Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s comfortable with the state’s review of hydraulic fracturing, telling reporters in Utica that his administration is “doing the best we can to understand all the facts.”
“We’re trying to bring down the emotion and bring up the information, so we’ll make a decision on the facts rather than on feelings, which is always good,” Cuomo said. “We are doing the best we can to understand all the facts. Obviously it’s hard to get all the information put together, but I feel good about where we are.”
Cuomo was asked about fracking in the context of a letter sent this week by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, a Broome County Democrat who asked the state Department of Environmental Conservation to order a more comprehensive review of the potential health impacts of shale-gas drilling.
Cuomo said he wasn’t aware of the content of Lupardo’s letter.
“I don’t know the facts that she’s referring to, but in general I think we’re doing a good job on it,” Cuomo said.
The state’s current health review was launched more than a year ago and has been conducted largely in secret. There’s been no recent indication when Health Commissioner Nirav Shah will complete his work.
High-volume fracking, meanwhile, remains under a de facto moratorium in New York that was first launched in 2008.