By JOHN KROHN in New York Post 4/10/2013
Gov. Cuomo likes to declare that New York is “open for
business,” but his prolonged refusal to OK hydraulic fracturing, or
fracking, sends the opposite message, even as it inflicts real
economic losses on some of New York’s most depressed
Cuomo statedover two years agothat science would determine how
the state moved forward with hydraulic fracturing. That should have
meant a rapid OK — since more than 1.2 million oil and natural-gas
wells have been “fracked” without incident.
That record prompted top officials in the Clinton,
BushandObamaadministrations to declare the process safe.
Instead, Cuomo put fracking on hold for a supposed review of
possible public-health risks. Again, the record clearly shows no
such threat, assuming basic safety regulations like those New York
has drafted. In fact, his Health Department finished a health
review in February 2012 — and the Cuomo administration kept it from
the public for nearly a year.
That report found that “significant adverse impacts on human
health are not expected from routine [fracking] operations.”
Indeed, “the state’s proposed regulations would prevent any
potential health risks from air emissions, water contamination, and
radioactive materials unearthed during the drilling process.”
Yet last month the Cuomo administration failed to meet yet
another deadline, claiming it needed more time toreview three other
Just to keep everyone guessing, at a March 11 Cabinet
meetingCuomo denied that was the cause of the delay, saying, “We
never said you had to...