In the past several days, Governor Cuomo's environmental department has announced that it's undertaking a new health review of fracking, and that it will likely miss a deadline and have to restart the rule making process to permit the gas drilling process in the state.
Governor Cuomo, speaking in Syracuse, denies that he’s delaying. “There is no step back,” he said.
Cuomo says the health review is in response to request by environmentalists, who had wanted an outside survey. The governor says his agencies can do a better job.
“It will be a stronger review to withstand a legal challenge,” Cuomo explained.
And the governor says lawsuits are likely.
The new delays mean fracking probably won’t begin until at least next year. That has angered some leaseholders hoping to make a profit from fracking. Environmentalists are cautiously optimistic.