“I am not going to put the health at risk for jobs”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today defended the state’s decision to ban hydraulic fracturing, saying the state can’t jeopardize the public’s health for the jobs the drilling could create.
He called the presentation at a cabinet meeting Wednesday by acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker “powerful” as Zucker laid out the case against fracking and warned that he wouldn’t let his kids near fracking wells.
“When the public health commissioner says, ‘I wouldn’t let my family live in an area that is doing high-volume fracking,’ that is very sobering, and frankly, that is enough for me,” Cuomo told reporters today. “Because if the state health commissioner doesn’t want his kids living there, I don’t want my kids living there, and I don’t want any New Yorkers’ kids living there. “So that really took my breath away that comment, and I thought it was very powerful,”
He added that, “I am not going to put the health at risk for jobs. I’m not going to make that choice. I believe we can have jobs, and they can be in healthy communities, and we don’t have to run the risk of hurting our children or creating health hazards to create jobs. That’s a false choice.”
“I don’t want to choose between jobs and health, nobody wants to make that choice.”