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Cuomo won’t join Obama at NY fracking hotbed sites

Cuomo won’t join Obama at NY fracking hotbed sites

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will avoid a potentially dicey political conflict by not accompanying President Barack Obama to parts of upstate New York roiled over the state’s current ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

Obama supports the technology as an economic boon that helps make the country more energy independent.

He’s expected to find supporters and protesters from environmental groups opposed to it when he visits Syracuse and Binghamton late this week.

Parts of central New York and the Southern Tier are on the Marcellus Shale formation, where energy companies want to drill.

Cuomo will meet Obama when he flies into Buffalo Thursday, but won’t appear in Syracuse or Binghamton.

The governor has postponed for months a decision on whether to allow fracking.

He says he’s waiting for a study by Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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