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Delayed before, Cuomo's decision on natural gas may take even longer

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo opened the door Monday to delaying a decision on natural gas drilling even further. The governor signaled he might not make a decision on whether to allow a high-volume, horizontal drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") until after Election Day.

This would be the latest in a series of postponements by the Democrat, whom the New York Times dubbed "Hamlet on the Shale."

Back in 2012, Cuomo said he’d have a decision in 90 days. Then, the governor pushed it back and said he’d definitely decide before November 2014.

Monday, he grew softer on that date, saying he “would expect” a decision before Election Day.

The governor and all state legislators are up for re-election next year.

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