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Cuomo: Fracking 'has nothing to do with SOS'

Jan 11, 2013 8:32 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="194"] Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo
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Jon Campbell reports in the Press & Sun-Bulletin Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thurs., Jan. 10, said no one should read into his decision not to address shale-gas drilling in his State of the State speech, pointing to the ongoing review of the technique. In the 80-minute address, Wednesday, Cuomo did not mention hydraulic fracturing, despite the presence of nearly 2,000 protesters outside the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. “We’re doing a review of fracking on the merits,” Cuomo told reporters Thursday. “We’re now looking at the health consequences of hydrofracking, as you know. That has nothing to do with the State of the State.” Meanwhile, the public comment period on the Department of Environmental Conservation's proposed fracking regulations expires at 5 p.m., today. If approved, the regulations would allow fracking to move forward on a limited basis. The state Assembly held a hearing on the DEC proposal, Thursday, but the DEC and state Health Department declined to participate.  Read the full story in the Press & Sun-Bulletin.