BY Scott Waldman 12:04 p.m. | Dec. 15, 2014 in Capital
ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicated Monday that his administration will take a clearer position on hydraulic fracturing by the end of the year.
Cuomo reiterated that a long-awaited health study on the effects of fracking will be completed by year's end, during an interview Monday morning on "The Capitol Pressroom."
And while he has repeatedly said the state Department of Health will release the study, which has been delayed for about two years, he has never before stated that it will come with his final position on the issue.
Cuomo, when asked by host Susan Arbetter about the fracking study as well as an upcoming casino-siting decision, said they will come within the next two weeks.
“By the end of the year, we should have positions on both that are clear,” he said. “We'll start the new year with major decisions under our belt.”
Cuomo has avoided taking a stance on fracking for the duration of his first term as governor.
A fracking decision, either for or against, can be expected to launch a wave of lawsuits and protests. Public polls generally show New Yorkers are evenly divided on the issue.