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Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week said he believes the state’s lengthy review of hydraulic fracturing will be completed before his re-election bid is decided next year.
Speaking to reporters in Binghamton Nov. 6 — the day after Election Day 2013 — Cuomo was asked by WNBF-AM’s Bob Joseph whether he still expects to make a fracking announcement before Election Day 2014.
“Yes, I do,” Cuomo said. (Video of the exchange was posted by Binghamton’s NewsChannel 34 yesterday.)
The Cuomo administration has been tight-lipped about the progress of its fracking review, which ultimately will guide a decision on whether to allow shale-gas drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in New York.
Last year, Health Commissioner Nirav Shah was asked to review the Department of Environmental Conservation’s fracking analysis. Though Shah said in January and February that his work would be completed within weeks, his review continues.
It’s not the first time Cuomo has said the work will be finished before he’s up for re-election, but it is the first time in several months. In May, Cuomo told The Post-Standard editorial board that a fracking decision was “not in the distant future” and would be completed before the 2014 election.
Asked in Binghamton last week if there’s anything new on the hydrofracking front, Cuomo said the review continues.
“That’s being reviewed and when we have a conclusive opinion, we’ll announce it,” he said.
Here’s Cuomo’s comments, via NewsChannel 34: