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Governor Cuomo Denies Planning to Approve Limited Fracking

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Days after reports in the Associated Press surfaced citing anonymous sources saying New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was poised to approve limited hydrofracture drilling for natural gas in the Southern Tier and Central New York sparked protests and petition drives, the governor is saying the report was wrong.The report pointed to information from officials within the Cuomo administration as well as a proported interview with environmental lawyer, Robert F. Kennedy, Junior.

The AP said officials close to Cuomo and Kennedy had said Cuomo was near a decision last month to order limited drilling.

A report from the state health department is expected in a few days. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has said it is waiting for that report on the health impacts of fracking before moving to finalize regulations.

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