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NYS fracking decision may take longer

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Governor Cuomo says he may not decide whether the state should go ahead with hydro fracking for natural gas until after the November 2014 elections.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent
Governor Cuomo, who previously said he’d decide on whether to okay fracking in New York before Election Day 2014, now says he wants to give his Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah all the time he needs to complete an on going health review that began over a year ago.
“I don’t want to put any undue pressure on them that would artificially abbreviate what they’re doing,” said Cuomo.
Dr. Shah says he continues to examine evolving science on fracking, but says he does not feel a need to reveal details right now of how the study is progressing.
“The process needs to be transparent at the end,” Shah said, “not during.”
Shah says “science needs to be done in a sacred place,” in order for the data to be analyzed in an objective manner.
Cuomo says the decision on whether to go ahead with the controversial gas drilling process will be a “major decision” with “potential health consequences.”  

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