A coalition of environmental groups and anti-fracking organizations penned a new open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday.
But instead of criticizing Cuomo’s approach or the state’s decision-making process, they’re taking a new approach: Thanking him.
A total of 15 groups signed onto the letter, which urges Cuomo to “stand firm” in continuing a de facto moratorium on large-scale fracking in New York, which has been in place since 2008.
“We greatly appreciate that you have been resolute in insisting that science dictates any decisions regarding fracking, and have faith you will continue to do so,” the groups wrote.
The letter includes signatures from groups that haven’t always seen eye-to-eye on fracking, particularly when it comes to whether a full ban should be enacted. Among those who signed were environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Advocates of New York, as well as anti-fracking groups like Frack Action.
“You recently reiterated this sound approach and noted that you and your administration are doing your best to understand all the facts and that it can be difficult to assemble all available information,” the letter reads. “We appreciate this, particularly given the breadth and significance of new scientific information rapidly emerging in this area.”
The groups included a number of articles and studies that back their case, as well as a renewed call to scrap the state Department of Health’s current review (which remains in progress) in favor of something more substantial.
The full letter is below: