Cuomo has zero plans to lift that New York fracking ban anytime soon

posted at 4:01 pm on December 17, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Never mind yesterday’s Energy Information Administration report that pointed to hydraulic fracturing as a major driver behind the United States’ spectacular oil-production forecasts and indefinite natural gas-production forecasts, and that without the recent shale revolution, our domestic economy might otherwise be almost running on empty — because that’s not important. The important thing is clearly to slow-walk and obfuscate on a study that may-or-may-not confirm the already-confirmed environmental- and public health-safety of a drilling technique that has been cleared by the many other states currently cashing in on its benefits, in order to assuage the powerful environmentalist interests who can help enhance your reelection prospects. You know how it is.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been taking his sweet time with finally greenlighting hydraulic fracturing for his state for ages now, and evidently, he has no plans to capitulate to the general interests of New Yorkers any time soon. Via the NYT:

Almost 15 months after his administration began a study to evaluate the health risks of the hydraulic fracturing process of drilling for natural gas, Mr. Cuomo said he did not have a timeline for the report’s release. In May, he anticipated that it would be done “in the next several weeks,” and last month he said he expected it to be done before the 2014 general election, when he will be running for a second term.

But on Monday, sitting at the same table as the state’s health commissioner, Dr. Nirav R. Shah, Mr. Cuomo said, “My timeline is whatever commissioner Shah needs to do it right and feel comfortable.” The governor said he did not want “to put undue pressure on them that would artificially abbreviate what they’re doing.” …

Pressed on whether he was being open enough about the study’s methods and findings, Dr. Shah said that “science needs to be done in a sacred place where we can, with objectivity, understand both sides of the issue.”

“The process needs to be transparent at the end, not during,” he added.

A “sacred place”? “Transparent at the end”? …Is this real life?

Once more, aggressive lobbies of eco-radical progressives are wreaking havoc on what could otherwise be abundant opportunities for jobs and economic growth, using a decades-old drilling technique currently being successfully employed around the country and contributing to the United States’ overwhelming private-sector energy successes. In other news, it’s Tuesday.


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He will rest when he has completely stopped job creation in the Empire State.

Akzed on December 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Doesn’t want to tick off the enviro-whackos for 2016 presidential run.

rbj on December 17, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Hey, he’s got Obama’s myriad delays on Keystone as a blueprint.

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Good. Pennsylvania thanks you. We’ll suck out all of that Marcellus Shale gas for ourselves and enjoy the financial rewards.

Your dumbness is our cross-border happiness.

albo on December 17, 2013 at 4:09 PM

“The process needs to be transparent at the end, not during,” he added.

That quote is just insanely priceless.

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2013 at 4:09 PM

It’s Cuomo’s way of keeping the peasants in squalor.

sadatoni on December 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Frack you, you crook.

Ward Cleaver on December 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Fracking idiots.

Look south, Gov. Pennsylvania is booming. And I haven’t heard of any deleterious effects yet, at least not real ones (Josh Fox notwithstanding).

iurockhead on December 17, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Here in Ohio, we get lots of TV ads encouraging people to start a business in New York and pay no taxes for ten years. It kills me. So they acknowledge that taxes are a serious factor in business decisions and, at the same time, they’re giving tax incentives for companies to come in and compete with home-grown companies. Stupid.

AcidReflux on December 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Cuomo run for president? He can’t even run the state.

Cuomo’s downfall will be his own ineptitude and despotic tendencies.

After passing the wrongly title “SAFE” Act in the middle of the night to avoid the scrutiny of NY citizens- he should be done. This country doesn’t want another wanna-be dictator.

We already tried that and a majority agree it hasn’t work well. In fact, it hasn’t worked at all.

I can’t tell you who votes for these buffoons in NY. But it sure is not representative of a majority of the country.

Marcus Traianus on December 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I can’t tell you who votes for these buffoons in NY. But it sure is not representative of a majority of the country.

Marcus Traianus on December 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

New York City dominates the vote in the state.

And they just voted for Bill de Blasio.

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Does that leave the way open to frac because frack is NOT an oilfield term. http://www.petrokiki.org check it out. Ain’t there

Kermit on December 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

New York City dominates the vote in the state.

And they just voted for Bill de Blasio.

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Yep — New York voted Republican in the 1993 mayoral and the ’94 gubernatorial, but it took having to endure 20 years of Democrats running both City Hall and the statehouse in Albany to finally put voters above their maximum tolerance level.

Cuomo needs downstate liberals’ $$$ to seed his 2016 presidential campaign, and downstate liberals are perfectly happy to keep upstate residents unemployed and to keep buying their natural gas and other energy from other states or overseas (the most radical enviros don’t even want the high-voltage power lines from the upstate hydro dams to remain in place). He’s not going to say ‘no’ to fracking, because he’s weasely enough to think situations may change by 2016, but Cuomo’s not saying ‘yes’ because that’s where he sees he best shot at campaign money coming from for the next two years.

jon1979 on December 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Obama’s own EPA director Lisa Jackson said there was NO EVIDENCE that fracking caused any environmental harm.

If you still want to stop it because you don’t understand it, and there is no evidence, you are part of a lynch mob.

Get a rope.

Why do I see Chico Marx everytime I look at Andy>>

Wander on December 17, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Chris Christie’s wingman.

DanMan on December 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM

He will rest when he has completely stopped job creation in the Empire State.

Akzed on December 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Amazingly enough, there have been ads run on Fox News (of all places) about “enterprise zones” in New York State where any new business would not pay state taxes for 10 years.

If Gov. Cuomo is that desperate to attract business to New York State, he should be eager to allow fracking in the state (even if it is taxed) for all the new jobs which would be created, as well as the royalties paid to landowners with shale gas under their property.

There are many farmers in north central PA who have recently hit the jackpot leasing their land to gas-frackers, while their land continues to produce just as much corn or milk as before. There are probably lots of neighbors “north of the border” along the Route-17 corridor who would be delighted to share the wealth with Joe the Plumber Fracker in PA.

You want to bring business to NY State, Gov. Cuomo? Frack us!!!

Steve Z on December 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

the less gas wells which are drilled in New York, the more that are drilled for the people I work for here in Texas.

Oh, and the State of Texas severance-tax revenue keeps going up, too!

I love it when we make money from liberal stupidity.

Tom Servo on December 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Andrew has his eyes on the White House and that’s one of the reasons for a seven round magazine law so he can say he tried to do something about guns.

mixplix on December 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Yes instead of trying to get, you know, productive companies coming to NY and bringing tax revenue, he prefers to squander money on pet projects and go to that other great source of revenue: taxes on everyone and everything in sight.

Which drives businesses away.

Which means that to provide for all the lovely programs in NY State they have to… raise taxes…

NY has had a spending problem since the Erie Canal. Why? Fast revenue from the canal. The canal died and to replace its revenue the State started taxing everything in sight. And so it continues.

ajacksonian on December 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

This dope is worse than his father and that is saying a lot. Upstate is all but dead. There were steel mills in Buffalo, mining, timber, and small manufacturing. Most of those industries are long gone. The bulk of the Marsellus Shale field is under central west NY. That this idiot would rather see NYers leave the state to work in PA in the same industry (fracking) truly reveals this statist Democrat for what he is.

Thicklugdonkey on December 17, 2013 at 6:17 PM

That’s ok, you own it now NY.

jake49 on December 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Of course not. That’s why those poor New Yorkers pay 27 cents per KwH.

Suckers.

WryTrvllr on December 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Is Cuomo still shacking up with that drunk from the Food Network???

BigWyo on December 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

We need to get rid of this incompetent criminal.

Iblis on December 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Left NY (upstate) in 1992. Even then, you could see it was dying. Yet, as a separate state, governed as the people there would wish, it could thrive. Pity.

tngmv on December 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM

He will rest when he has completely stopped job creation in the Empire State.

Akzed on December 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Then he should have started resting about 25 years ago, when his dad was governor. Upstate NY is a wasteland of failed industrial towns, broken by the tax & reg burden that feeds the welfare and sentiments of NYC residents. GE, IBM, Kodak, Xerox… New York has beaten the biggest and best, and they’re not coming back.

SomeCallMeJohn on December 18, 2013 at 8:06 AM

The Miller Brewery in Fulton, NY was built with the promise of no taxes for ten years and when the ten years was up the Brewery was closed by the Miller Brewery. I guess the taxes were that bad for this to happen. If you have a business in NY you pay estimated sales taxes in advance and if you estimate low you are fined; if you estimate high you wait until tax time for your return.

mixplix on December 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

If you think about it any business that looks at the anti business environment, the high taxes and oppressive regulation in New York and then decides to move there is too stupid to survive. Progressive stupid speak in the promotion.

scboy on December 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM