Gov. Cuomo Says Decision on NY Fracking Due in “Few Months”

decision pointIn an interview yesterday with the editorial board of the Syracuse Post-Standard, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a decision about whether or not to allow high volume hydraulic fracturing to move forward in the state is “a couple of months” away.

Cuomo said that while the state’s review of hydrofracking has been slowed, a decision would come within months.

"We’re going to have a decision in a couple of months," Cuomo told The Post-Standard editorial board, according to an audio recording posted on its website.

"The debate has been going on for years, by the way, so it’s not like a few weeks this way or the other is going to make a significant difference," Cuomo continued.

Cuomo said he consciously slowed down the DEC’s review process of the much-debated technique to allow the agency to collect facts and sift through the "emotion" and "fear." Those in favor of hydrofracking say it would create an economic boom for the deprived Southern Tier; those against say it could have a considerable negative impact on the environment.

"What I have said consistently is there is a lot of emotion on this topic. A lot of emotion, a phenomenal amount of emotion everywhere," Cuomo said. "Not a lot of facts, but a lot of emotion on both sides — pro or con.

"I purposely said, let’s slow it down and let’s get some information and science and facts, and let’s make the decision on the facts rather than the emotion."*

Is this good news for landowners? MDN would say yes, because it means resolution one way or the other. If the state decides to deny landowners their sovereign right of property ownership, you can be sure the litigation will begin.

*Ithaca Journal (Feb 8, 2012) – Cuomo: Fracking decision ‘couple months’ away