Cuomo on Fracking: Stall, Baby Stall

by Greg Pollowitz

Via today’s New York Post editorial page:

Gov. Cuomo claims that his decision to impose yet another review of fracking won’t delay the process further, but speed it up.

“I reject the point,” the governor said, that “because you spend more time on an environmental review, you’re delaying.”

Except that Cuomo has been reviewing fracking — a process for extracting natural gas and oil from deep underground — since the day he took office.

He casually blew his own deadline for a decision, and this latest review is open-ended and doubtless good for another two years of delay — if not longer.

Yes, the governor claims that the latest delay would “actually be expediting the process net, because what could be months or years of litigation may be avoided.”

Which is preposterous, a sophistry.

Any decision that permits the extraction of even a molecule of natural gas will be hauled into court, regardless of merit — not to emerge for years. If ever.

Cuomo knows this.

So he’s trying to play both sides of the fence — to avoid political heat from anti-frackers while pretending great concern for the economic well-being of upstate.

That is, he’s faking.

The rest here.

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