Schumer Supports Hydrofracking

Published 05/06 2014 04:23PM

Updated 05/06 2014 05:18PM

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he would support hydrofracking moving forward in New York State if it can be done carefully. Schumer made the comment while being interviewed yesterday on the MSNBC talk show "Morning Joe."

While acknowledging that it's a state issue for Governor Cuomo to decide, he admitted to host Joe Scarborough that he, along with many other national Democrats including President Obama, supports the controversial gas drilling technique.

"I haven't stepped on the Governor's issue on this one. He's being very, very careful because there are environmental concerns. Overall, the Democrats throughout the country have supported fracking. The President has, most of us have, and it's worked quite well," said Schumer. "It has to be done carefully and it has to be done right."

He also went on to say that if Cuomo believe it can be done carefully, he would like to see fracking in Upstate New York.

Anti-fracking activists were quick to criticize the comments.

Isaac Silberman-Gorn of Citizen Action says more Americans oppose fracking than support it, and that it cannot be done safely.

Silberman-Gorn believes Schumer's opinion was purchased by the oil and gas industry.

"The question is how much influence the fracking lobby has gotten to him. And, on the federal level, there are millions and millions of dollars being thrown around to push politicians in that direction," said Silberman-Gorn.

Fractivists have been flooding the phone lines to Schumer's office with anti-fracking information. However, Silberman-Gorn says the activists are unlikely to dog the Senator with protests, as they do with Cuomo, because they feel the final decision on whether to allow fracking lies with the governor.

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