NY Governor Andrew Cuomo won't let his Presidential hopes for 2016 be derailed by a lack of evidence of fracking's perils:
New York Governor Puts Off Decision on DrillingBy DANNY HAKIM
ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is becoming Hamlet on the Shale.
On Tuesday, Mr. Cuomo’s administration again delayed making a decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, a controversial drilling method used to extract natural gas from rock formations like the Marcellus Shale, which extends from the Appalachian Mountains to New York.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, has been under review by state regulators since before Mr. Cuomo took office in January 2011. But the governor has had difficulty deciding, vacillating between allowing gas drilling in the Southern Tier of New York — near the Pennsylvania border — and continuing to ban it. In a letter on Tuesday, the state’s health commissioner, Dr. Nirav R. Shah, said that a review by his agency of the potential effects on health from the drilling was continuing, and he recommended that the administration not move forward until it was completed.
Without the report, the state will not meet a deadline this month to issue a new environmental impact statement, and that will likely require it to start the regulatory process over and begin a new 45-day comment period.
The party of science and evidence already knows the answer - fracking sucks! - and they won't let a silly report sway them.
Cuomo just needs to keep running out the clock until somebody somewhere can give him the answer he needs - fracking can't be done in liberal New York.
But officials who have discussed the matter with the governor have said that his hesitation is principally political, not scientific. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, faces strident opposition on his party’s left, and activists are continually protesting in Albany against fracking.
On the other hand, the governor has said that economic development is a priority, even as the state’s unemployment rate has fallen behind the national average during his time in office.
Hmm - bringing in Big Oil as a counterweight to Big Finance might be salutory for New York politics. And one might think that Cuomo will want a positive record on job creation, since Hillary is going to take full credit for the late 90's boom.