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Cuomo: Fracking no cure for upstate economy

Aug 13, 2013 8:15 am
Casey Seiler is reporting at Capitol Confidential Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a radio interview Mon., Aug. 12, the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as hydrofracking isn’t the sole solution to the fiscal woes affecting upstate New York. Cuomo said it is misleading to suggest hydrofracking alone would be the answer for the upstate economy. Fracking advocates have been waiting five years for the state to complete the environmental impact statement that could guide the process if the state moves ahead with allowing it. Cuomo said he did not think it was incongruous to withhold action on fracking while also devoting energy and attention to the upstate economy. The new Siena poll found statewide support for DEC approval of fracking rose 4 percent since June, from 37 percent to 41 percent; opposition fell by 2 percent, from 44 percent to 42 percent. Read the full post at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.