New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent re-election won’t mean an expedited timeline on a decision about the future of fracking in the state. Despite recent indications that the fracking study key in his decision-making process would be released by the end of the year, Cuomo may be delaying the decision even further.
But just one day before elections, Cuomo seemed to be again moving away from that date. He said an end of the year deadline was set between him and former Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah. Shah resigned in the spring to take another job. Cuomo said he has not talked with acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker about the status of the fracking health review. “I have not had the conversation with him since Dr. Shah left,” Cuomo said. “We had this little issue pop up called Ebola that we were dealing with.”
Later, however, “A spokesman for the governor, Rich Azzopardi, clarified the governor’s recent remarks on fracking. He said the administration is definitely on track to have the health review completed by December 31.”