Cuomo says hydrofracking decision may come after Election Day

Dec 17, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he may not decide whether the state should go ahead with hydrofracking for natural gas until after the November 2014 election.

Cuomo, who previously said he’d decide on whether or not to okay the controversial drilling process known as fracking in New York before Election Day 2014, now says he wants to give his health commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, all the time he needs to complete an ongoing health review, which began over a year ago.

“I don’t want to put any undue pressure on them that would artificially abbreviate what they’re doing,” said Cuomo.

Shah says he continues to examine evolving science on fracking, but says he does not feel a need to reveal details of how the study is progressing right now.

“The process needs to be transparent at the end,” Shah said. “Not during.”

Shah says science needs to be done in a sacred place, in order for the data to be analyzed in an objective manner.

Cuomo says the decision on whether to go ahead with the controversial gas drilling process will be a major decision with potential health consequences.