September 12, 2012 —
ALBANY, NY — New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is reported as saying that there are no immediate plans for a decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York. He also noted that whatever is decided, he expects lawsuits will further delay the process. For the past few months there have been rumors circulating that final regulations from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) could be expected shortly after Labor Day. Cuomo’s latest comment casts some doubt on that speculation.
The remark was made during an interview on an Albany radio station, WDJG, on Monday, September 10. Cuomo indicated that he does not plan to pressure the DEC to make a final decision by any particular date, including Election Day or the end of the year. He also said he expects “a series of legal challenges and political challenges” once any decision is made.