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HYDRAULIC FRACTURING: Obama's N.Y. visit not likely to stir Cuomo on fracking just yet

NEW YORK -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not plan on using President Obama's visit to upstate New York this week as an excuse to reveal his final say on hydraulic fracturing.

The Democratic governor in a radio interview yesterday said he is no closer to a final decision on whether to permit the high-volume horizontal drilling method. The state is still reviewing the potential health effects of drilling in upstate Marcellus and Utica shale regions.

N.Y. fracking campaign goes after Cuomo's most influential donors

NEW YORK -- Pressure on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from both sides of his state's hydraulic fracturing fight flared up this week, with local groups and Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan having dialed up the heat with a letter to 1,000 Cuomo campaign contributors urging a ban.

The effor to hurt the Democratic governor where it counts -- in the pocketbook -- comes amid increasing lobbying from business groups in New York looking to win permits for the controversial drilling practice. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is now targeting the state in the run-up to this fall's elections and has plans for a number of ad buys in support of development.

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