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August 21, 2013

Fracking deserves Obama's attention

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“Every area that has participated in fracking will say it has increased commercial activity and it has an economic boost,” Cuomo said on public radio’s “Capital Pressroom. “The question is, is there a cost to the environment, to health, et cetera. That’s what has to be assessed and that’s what has to be weighed and that’s what we’re doing.”

Cuomo has repeatedly said his decision on whether to allow horizontal fracturing in New York will be forthcoming as soon as he gets the results of a study by state Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah — who may just wait until after the November elections.

Meanwhile, Cuomo will appear with the president in Buffalo, but not in Syracuse and Binghamton, where fracking is a big issue and people might get upset with him. Citizens on both sides of the fracking issue deserve a little more political courage from their governor.

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