New York landowners file lawsuit against Governor Cuomo over fracking

Via Flickr/Daniel Foster
February 14, 2014

Like it or not, today is Valentines Day, and the pro-fracking Joint Landowners Coalition of New York isn’t feeling a lot of love towards Governor Cuomo. The coalition is upset about the 6 year delay of fracking in New York. After many threats, lawyers for the coalition have filed a lawsuit against the state.

Two weeks ago, the landowners coalition sent a letter to Governor Cuomo demanding the release of the environmental impact study on fracking, known as the SGEIS. The deadline was yesterday.  And today, Scott Kurkoski, lawyer for the coalition, filed the promised lawsuit.

“Is he in favor of this or not? Because the rest of the nation is moving forward in a way that is providing energy independence. Is New York a threat to that process?”

Regulators in Albany started the review process almost six years ago. For the past 15 months, it has been under an additional review by the Department of Health.

Dan Fitzsimmons is President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York. Fitzsimmons says the governor has delayed the report purely for political reasons.

“It’s time that Albany stops the nonsense that’s been going on. They’ve affected the landowner’s rights. They’ve affected our lives. And this nonsense needs to end now.”

Isaac Silberman-Gorn, from the anti-fracking group Citizen Action of New York, says speculating about Governor Cuomo’s political motives is just that, speculation.

“We have every reason to believe that the governor is actually doing his due diligences by looking at the health effects of this heavy industry.”

Silberman-Gorn says the lawsuit won’t be taken seriously in Albany and it’s nothing more then a PR stunt.

Kurkoski and the landowners are requesting a March 7th hearing in Albany.