GOP Senate candidate for drilling, rips Gillibrand

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long says developing upstate New York's natural gas formations could bring desperately needed jobs and criticized Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand over the issue.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is considering whether to allow the exploration of shale gas through the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. It is not a federal decision, though Gillibrand says concerns about clean air and water should be addressed before drilling moves forward.

Long said during an Albany news conference Thursday that Gillibrand has cast her lot with the "far-left" environmentalists and celebrities who oppose fracking. Gillibrand campaign spokesman Glen Caplin said he would not comment on what he called conspiracy theories from a struggling campaign.

Long said Cuomo should move faster, but blamed the delay on outside pressure.

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