NEW YORK -- Governor Cuomo is downplaying a recent New York Times article that reports the administration plans to allow hydrofracking in certain counties if the process is approved by state regulators.
Hydrofracking, which requires a mixture of sand, chemicals and water to extract underground gas reserves, is opposed by environmental groups because they say it could damage water supplies. But supporters say hydrofracking also has the potential to stimulate the upstate economy.
On Thursday, Cuomo indicated Wednesday's New York Times article was premature.
On Fred Dicker's show on Talk 1300 AM, Cuomo said, "I don't see how anyone can say, an insider can say, 'We haven't finished the first step, but we have finished the second.'"
Dicker said, "It could be a contingency plan based on the first step coming out in the affirmative way, you could certainly have done that."
"Yeah, if it's a contingency plan, it's not a plan. Look, all I'm saying is, let's have the first step first, then we can have the second step," Cuomo said.
The DEC continues its review process of the science and thousands of public comments submitted.