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While other states have been moving right along with deploying the decades-old hydrofracking technique that’s unlocking access to their hitherto hard-to-reach oil and gas reserves (and enjoying the subsequent wealth- and job-creation that comes with it), the state of New York has been hanging back while Governor Andrew Cuomo decides whether he cares more about serving the best interests of his state or placating the vociferous green lobby. The governor has been dithering between continuing New York’s current ban on hydraulic fracturing or allowing fuel companies to go for it in at least the state’s southern portion, and has several times declined to give his approval despite his past testimony that he thinks fracking can be done safely. State-specific studies have already confirmed as much, but he just keeps stalling and turning this into an increasingly agonizing decision — and the waiting game is only making things worse.