ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t mention “fracking” in his budget proposal, but the issue will figure prominently at a legislative budget hearing on environmental spending.
Busloads of opponents of natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing are heading to Albany to hear Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens testify Monday morning. Lawmakers are expected to question Martens about fracking, as they did with Health Commissioner Nirav Shah at a budget hearing last week.
Later Monday, Arun Gandhi, grandson of nonviolent protest leader Mahatma Gandhi, will be among those presenting a “pledge of resistance” to fracking to Cuomo.
Cuomo has said his budget doesn’t include increased spending for fracking regulation because DEC hasn’t completed its environmental review and decided whether to end a 4 ½-year-old moratorium.