Cuomo: Fracking decision 'couple months' away

A decision on whether to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York is "a couple of months" away, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

Cuomo said that while the state's review of hydrofracking has been slowed, a decision would come within months.

"We're going to have a decision in a couple of months," Cuomo told The Post-Standard editorial board, according to an audio recording posted on its website.

"The debate has been going on for years, by the way, so it's not like a few weeks this way or the other is going to make a significant difference," Cuomo continued.

The governor's remarks were consistent with those made Tuesday by Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, who told a panel of lawmakers a determination was "months, not years" away. High-volume hydrofracking has been on hold in New York since the DEC began creating permitting guidelines for the technique in 2008.

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