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Gov. Cuomo banned fracking in New York, and though he has no official say over Pennsylvania, he’s trying to ban it there, too — or at least stop New Yorkers from benefiting.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation just nixed National Fuel’s 97-mile Northern Access Pipeline, which was to carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania to western New York. Nor was this Team Cuomo’s first rejection of a major gas pipeline out of Pennsylvania: Last year, it killed the Constitution Pipeline.

Cuomo fought the Algonquin Pipeline expansion, too, and DEC has been dawdling on a go-ahead for even an 8-mile spur to a new power plant in Wawayanda.

The irony, as Jonathan Lesser noted on these pages recently, is that Cuomo needs natural gas for his plan to steer the state toward renewable energy. “I don’t think you can get from here to there without using natural gas,” the gov said last week.

Yet pipelines are the safest way to ship natural gas, and Cuomo’s crew isn’t approving them. So how are New Yorkers supposed to get gas to run generators and keep the lights on?

The pipeline perversity also worsens the state’s already lackluster appeal to business.

National Fuel’s Ronald Tanski says the state’s excuse for nixing Northern Access was bull. The pipeline’s construction “would certainly have less effect [on water quality] than either exploding an entire bridge and dropping it into Cattaraugus Creek or . . . operating a massive construction zone [the Tappan Zee Bridge project] in the middle of the Hudson River” for five years — though both got DEC’s blessing.

The ugly truth: Enviro-radicals blocked fracking in New York, and now they want to wreck the market for frackers in other states, too, by banning pipelines here. Cuomo has signed on — and to hell with the consequences for New York.

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