ALBANY — A coalition of environmental groups plans to campaign against a proposal that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is weighing to approve limited drilling for natural gas, the groups said Tuesday.
The coalition includes a mix of nationally known organizations — like the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Advocates of New York — and smaller, local groups. The groups have had some differences over the drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking: some oppose it under all circumstances, while others indicate that they are open to compromise. But all have signed a joint statement opposing the use of the technique without an independent assessment of its safety.
“Any decision as to whether or not to frack anywhere in New York State should not be made before the impacts to our health, environment and economy have been comprehensively and properly assessed,” the environmental groups said in the statement, which was prompted by a report last week in The New York Times that said the Cuomo administration was pursuing a plan to limit fracking to counties along the Pennsylvania border.