Is Cuomo stalling on declaring fracking safe for New York?

posted at 6:51 pm on January 3, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Breaking news: The decades-old hydraulic fracturing technique currently being employed across the country to embrace all of the economic advantages offered by our wildly abundant oil and gas resources, can, in fact, be conducted safely and without presenting mega-hazards to either public health or environmental welfare. …Well, that actually isn’t breaking news, but it looks like Governor Cuomo’s administration may be sittin’ pretty on that state-specific information for reasons that are less than purely noble, via the NYT:

The state’s Health Department found in an analysis it prepared early last year that the much-debated drilling technology known as hydrofracking could be conducted safely in New York, according to a copy obtained by The New York Times from an expert who did not believe it should be kept secret.

The analysis and other health assessments have been closely guarded by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his administration as the governor weighs whether to approve fracking. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, has long delayed making a decision, unnerved in part by strident opposition on his party’s left. A plan to allow a limited amount of fracking in the state’s Southern Tier along the Pennsylvania border is still seen as the most likely outcome, should the drilling process receive final approval.

The eight-page analysis is a summary of previous research by the state and others, and concludes that fracking can be done safely. It delves into the potential impact of fracking on water resources, on naturally occurring radiological material found in the ground, on air emissions and on “potential socioeconomic and quality-of-life impacts.”

Of course, the greens doth protest, wondering whether the report is thorough enough or actually conducted any of its own original research, or something — but if anything, it looks pretty clear that Cuomo has been on their side throughout the no-fracking-here hoopla. He might say he’s all about the facts and the science and reasonable debate, but…

New York banned high-volume fracking in 2008 pending an analysis of the potential environmental impact. “Let the science dictate the conclusion,” Mr. Cuomo told reporters earlier this year. “We will make a decision based on the facts.” …

According to the Manhattan Institute, lifting the fracking ban in New York could result in $11.4 billion in economic output and $1.4 billion in tax revenues, not to mention 15,000 to 18,000 new jobs. …

But then, Mr. Cuomo isn’t really interested in an assessment of hydrofracking if it doesn’t conclude what his left-wing base wants to hear. For the governor, this is about politics, not science.

That’s too bad, because several other states have been heartily moving forward with hydraulic fracturing, to the tune of tremendous economic benefits (not to mention the United States’ net decrease in carbon emissions!). There is clearly something other than “what’s best for New York” going on here, and I wouldn’t count on fracking getting the full-on green-light there anytime soon.

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Of course he is.

novaculus on January 3, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Don’t you know fracking is evil? Lady Gaga said so.

TarheelBen on January 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Why is Cuomo listening to fanatical enviro-tyrants? Jobs, taxes and cheap energy. What’s the problem?

Ok, hey … let’s not use our abundant sources of energy. Let’s burn wood. Let’s chop down every tree for heating and cooking. To hell with fossil fuels.

darwin on January 3, 2013 at 7:01 PM

“Of course, the greens doth protest…”


Seven Percent Solution on January 3, 2013 at 7:01 PM

The cukchold king, is truly one crazy looking SOB.

renalin on January 3, 2013 at 7:05 PM

When the dollar collapses, thanks to Obowma, having some natural gas and oil is going to be a handy thing to barter with…

… Too bad those of you living in New York will go without.



Seven Percent Solution on January 3, 2013 at 7:05 PM

When leftist morons collide…

ParisParamus on January 3, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Cuomo is a flat-earther.

Dusty on January 3, 2013 at 7:10 PM

“The eight-page analysis is a summary of previous research by the state and others, and concludes that fracking can be done safely.”

It’s like finger nails scratching a black board to the Greenies…

… What a glorious sound.

Seven Percent Solution on January 3, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Fracking Hates Your Lady Parts and wants to Roll Back Roe v Wade.

Tim_CA on January 3, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Enviro-nuts should be involuntarily committed. They’re a danger to themselves and others. Their goals may well kill more people than the communists of the 20th century.

darwin on January 3, 2013 at 7:17 PM

NY’s in the northeast right? Let me check…why yes it is.

Mr. Arrogant on January 3, 2013 at 7:17 PM

“Let the science dictate the conclusion,” Mr. Cuomo told reporters earlier this year. “We will make a decision based on the facts.” …

Well Ok, then. If these facts don’t feel good, then let’s just wait around for awhile until some other “facts” fall out of the sky that help us feel better. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Lew on January 3, 2013 at 7:19 PM

LOL I am having a very intresting fight with the green idiots here when I saw this I laughed come on over I’m out numbered,247092

Aggie95 on January 3, 2013 at 7:21 PM

How dare you haters disagree with Matt Damon? He’s Matt Damon! Obviously Cuomo appreciates the genius that is Matt Damon! After all, the movie (that no one will ever see) said so!


RoadRunner on January 3, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Of course, the greens doth protest…

…of course, they’ve also been strangely silent about their leader pocketing $100 million in petrodollars from the sale of Current TV.

Resist We Much on January 3, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Frack Cuomo, and every other political family dynasty in America. THEY’re part of the problem in American politics.

rayra on January 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Damon’s a F.A.G.

/Maaaaaattt Daaamon

rayra on January 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM


only the ruling elite should have energy.

let the serfs spend 75% of their pittance of salaries on housing and energy.

acyl72 on January 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

He should never talk about fracking when ladies are present.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Fracking is bad.

Matt Damon said so and he is smart enough to be a professional actor!

And that other guy said it was bad, too. He made a movie about it – so he is smart too and knows about these things.

So there, all you whack job conservatives.

Refute that!

Bruno Strozek on January 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Science be damned.

If you want to be on the right side of this, you’re one our side – the Matt Damon side.

CorporatePiggy on January 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Cuomo has no either plan to revive upstate — other than to turn it into Potterville, as if people will forsake Atlantic City and Vegas for Schenectady and Rochester. And upstate New York’s economic raison d’etre is prison provider to NYC. It was once a manufacturing powerhouse, but now it is just a string of dead and dying no-longer-cities.

As a senior auditor student at SUNY/Purchase, I receive a long stream of anti-fracking messages from PIRG (Nader’s old group). They held a zombie anti-fracking caroling festival just before Christmas. Come at 6:30 to get zombifid and then wal around singing anti-fracking songs instead of Christmas carols.

In the genteel and extremely upscale hamlet of Katonah not far from where I now live, there was recently a public meeting to attack fracking. (It is the only public meeting I have ever heard of in northern Westchester) The anti-fracking movement is huge here. RFK Jr. is also mixed up in it.

Cuomo seems to have some sense (despite his role as Clinton’s HUD secretary in creating the housing bubble). It is my strong impression that he is trying to tiptoe to approval. I hope I am right, but he is going to enrage some great idiots if he approves it. And it will require great political courage.

levi from queens on January 3, 2013 at 8:19 PM

I just got back from dinner with a progressive who is quite connected into NY Democratic politics. He told me that there is no question but that Cuomo is going to approve fracking. So this is good news.

(the prior post got blocked for not being signed in and I didn’t notice until after dinner)

levi from queens on January 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM

If liberals really cared about the facts and science….they would not be on their knees to Al-Gore and his Global Warming junk science routine.

……These “science experts” have been caught falsifying their data….
…………..their data models like the infamous “hockey stick” have been found to be fraudulent….
……..their own e-mail correspondence revealed that they were falsifying data to fit their pre-determined outcomes…..
………………They can’t even show their work or how they came to their “conclusions” for crying out loud……..
…………..and their constant apocalyptic predictions of world wide disasters of cities being swallowed by rising oceans…..flooding of the world by the ice caps melting away….the polar bears becoming extinct….killer hurricanes destroying our cities,famine,cow farts and SUV’s destroying the planet have all been debunked and none have come true.

Real “science” no more supports their Global Warming politics of fear anymore than Keynesian economics is the standard for a strong economy or Gun Bans reduce crime rates.

Liberals have never had reality or the facts on their side…..only the MSM…hollywood…..and an uniformed electorate keep these idiots in power.

Baxter Greene on January 3, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Damn, these environmental DENIERS

J_Crater on January 3, 2013 at 8:32 PM

[Aggie95 on January 3, 2013 at 7:21 PM]

Looks like they have you surrounded and they’re still outnumbered.

Dusty on January 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Fine with me. We’ll just continue to suck up all the gas on the PA side of the border.

Oh, and Ohio, you keep worrying about those earthquakes. You know they’ll really get started if you even think of fracking on your side of the line.

Thanks, suckers.

mozemoose on January 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

I thought Matt Damon recently announced he gave up on being an activist. Am I confusing him with someone else?

Dusty on January 3, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Cuomo is looking for a dominating win for re-election in 2014 to grease the path for his likely presidential bid in 2016, and while the state’s Republican opposition is too incompetent to mount much of a threat, he does face a possible challenge on the left, especially after he went after some (but not all) of the public sector unions in 2012 and gave his behind-the-scenes support after November’s election to a coalition power sharing plan in the N.Y. State Senate that kept the Republicans in control of the upper chamber.

So the fracking controversy is where he’s throwing a bone to the foaming-at-the-mouth left in hopes of keeping them from thinking about backing a primary challenger next year (who wouldn’t win, but he could help make Andrew anathema to the left in general going into 2016 the way Hillary was pesonna non grata to the left in 2007-08). The voters in the Marcellus Shale areas upstate are mostly Republican, so Cuomo really doesn’t care if he loses their votes in 2014; he just wants to hem the public sector unions in enough until 2016 so the state doesn’t go full California while he’s still governor, so he allies with the Senate GOP and then throws their constituents in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions of the state under the bus (or in this case, the frac tank truck).

jon1979 on January 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Our Chinese Debtlords prolly would like those resources available for export thru their new best friend Canada.

Just remember what do your debt holders require for continuing growth in your line of credit? Collateral.

What assets does America have?

PappyD61 on January 3, 2013 at 9:11 PM

BTW, Possum Holler is on board the Fracking Train!!

Please you other states…….keep banning Fracking.


PappyD61 on January 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM


…every picture I see of that clown… has his eyes looking like those of a mass murderer.

KOOLAID2 on January 3, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Is The Pope Catholic?

Does Al Gore believe he INVENTED Newton’s Laws?

Does Nancy Pelosi think she can Legislate AROUND them?

williamg on January 4, 2013 at 12:50 AM

I don’t want to say that it has been an economic boom to those areas where fracking crews are working, but have you tried to rent a motel room in south Texas recently? Oil companies are block renting entire motels. Restaurants are booming. Small town car dealers’ sales are going through the roof, despite what the fact that the clown in the White House thinks that only a large city high volume auto dealer can survive. And most of the sales in those small town auto dealers are the awful polluting pickup trucks. What is a government to do?

georgeofthedesert on January 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM