Local

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.

More Local Headlines

in Local

As New York expands casino gaming, Oneidas announce casino plans east of Syracuse

casino

New "Wizard of Oz"-themed casino due to open in Spring of 2015

in Local

A white Christmas in Ithaca? Forecasters say there’s a good shot

hanshaw in snow

Climatologists at Cornell University have broken down the numbers.

in Local

UPDATE: Police identify Cortland stabbing victim as Syracuse man

crime

Man's body was found inside apartment on Northcliffe Road just after 2 p.m. Saturday

in Local

Police: Upstate New York woman was drunk while applying to become Meals on Wheels driver

Crime 4

Investigators say woman had blood-alcohol level three times legal limit during interview north of Albany

in Local

Heroin fight heads to New York movie theaters

Movie Reel

PSA's will run before select PG-13, R-rated movies in New York through early January