Here we go. Governor Cuomo says that his administration will finally issue some sort of decision on fracking by the end of the year. He told Susan Arbetter this morning that not only will the long awaited study on the health effects of fracking be completed before the new year, but that "By the end of the year, we should have positions on both that are clear. We'll start the new year with major decisions under our belt."
That's a pretty big move by Cuomo. He's never said that he'd release that study with a decision on the issue at the same time.
This announcement comes days after the governor was presented with a mountain of actual peer-reviewed science on the health effects of fracking by two groups of concerned health professionals.
Honestly, this doesn't seem like a positive development for those opposed to fracking.
My guess is that he'll announce some sort of limited permission for fracking in the Southern Tier, a decision will be immediately challenged in the courts. By the time that process is concluded, probably years from now, the science will be overwhelmingly against the process, making fracking anywhere in NYS untenable.
So, all of you, myself included, who've been saying for most of 2014 that Cuomo would make his fracking move after the elections and fresh for the incoming new legislature, you were correct.
But the fight is likely on for real now.
(image via TWC Rochester)