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Cuomo: Fracking study done by ‘end of the year’


By: Jon Campbell

BUFFALO—Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned a few heads at the WNED-TV studio when he appeared to set a deadline on the state’s ongoing review of hydraulic fracturing, saying the state’s long-running analysis of the technique should be completed “by the end of the year.”

The state first launched a review of large-scale hydrofracking for natural gas in 2008, and the technique has been on hold in New York since. In September 2012, Cuomo’s administration tasked the state Department of Health with completing a separate layer of review, which continues today.

When asked about his remark after the debate, Cuomo repeated it.

“I said it should be done by the end of the year,” Cuomo said. “But I have previously said we expect it to be done by the end of the year.”

Cuomo had previously said that he expected the work to be completed by Election Day, but later backed off that statement. He has repeatedly said the review would be finished when state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens are done with work.