Hawley faults Cuomo on fracking decision

Staff Reports Posted 22 December 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – State Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, is critical of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement last week that New York will not allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to access natural gas.

“Gov. Cuomo’s decision to defer to the New York State Health Department’s opinion on hydraulic fracturing allows him to wash his hands of the situation while virtually guaranteeing that fracking will not happen in New York,” Hawley said.

“While I understand the potential economic benefits of allowing fracking in New York State, I believe we must take into account the preservation of our environment when making such an important decision,” Hawley said in a statement issued today.

“While dozens of other states, including our neighbor Pennsylvania, have allowed their natural gas deposits to be safely fracked, it is crucial to examine how hydraulic fracturing will affect such as vital natural resource as our drinking water. In this case, Gov. Cuomo clearly favored environmental concerns over the potential for new jobs, lower taxes and more abundant natural resources.”