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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Mar 3, 2013 12:46 AM Flag

    N.Y. fracking held as Cuomo, RFK Jr. talk health

    N.Y. fracking held as Cuomo, RFK Jr. talk health

    By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 3/2/13 3:23 PM EST
    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo came as close as he ever has to approving fracking last month, laying out a limited drilling plan for as many as 40 gas wells before changing course to await the findings of a new study after discussions with environmentalist and former brother-in-law Robert F. Kennedy Jr., several people familiar with his thinking told The Associated Press.

    The turning point, which could delay a decision for up to a year or longer, came in a series of phone calls with Kennedy. The two discussed a new health study on the hydraulic fracturing drilling method that could be thorough enough to trump all others in a debate that has split New York for five years.

    "I think the issue suddenly got simple for him," Kennedy told the AP, then went on to paraphrase Cuomo in their discussions: "'If it's causing health problems, I really don't want it in New York state. And if it's not causing health problems, we should figure out a way we can do it.'"

    Two pages..

    politicoDOTcom/story/2013/03/ny-fracking-held-as-cuomo-rfk-jr-talk-health-88326.html

 
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