De Blasio: No place for fracking in New York

De Blasio in D.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster))
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ALBANY—While Gov. Andrew Cuomo weighs a decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, Mayor Bill De Blasio made it clear on Thursday that he's opposed to fracking anywhere in New York State.

“The one thing I am firm about is that I don’t see any place for fracking,” de Blasio told reporters in Washington, D.C., after a speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

De Blasio echoed, and expanded, on some of the concerns that have been voiced by Cuomo, who has indefinitely postponed a decision on whether to lift the state's moratorium on fracking, as he waits for a long-delayed study on the potential health effects.

“The science simply isn’t reliable enough," de Blasio said on Thursday. "The technology isn’t reliable enough. And there’s too much danger to our water supply, to our environment in general. So my view is that there should be a moratorium on fracking in New York State until the day comes that we can actually prove it’s safe, and I don’t think that day is coming any time soon.”

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The comments are consistent with de Blasio's progressive politics, and he has expressed skepticism about fracking before, including as a candidate for mayor in April, when he called on the state Legislature to continue the moratorium for two more years. At the time, de Blasio said his view had been shaped by the “Gasland” documentary, which included some now-famous footage of flaming well water.

Cuomo has given no indication of when he'll decide whether fracking is sufficiently safe, and his health commissioner has refused to provide a timeline for his ongoing health study, or even to disclose the data that's being considered.

Both of de Blasio's predecessors favored natural gas extraction in the state.

Michael Bloomberg supported "responsible" fracking, and donated money to environmental groups to help craft the rules to ensure its safety.

Rudy Giuliani's law firm recently released an app that promotes fracking.