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Cahill stumps for money in Buffalo; fracking votes in Southern Tier


   By Robert J. McCarthy

   John P. Cahill, the Republican candidate for attorney general this year, is headed for the Southern Tier today after a day of fund-raising in Buffalo.
   And when he arrives in the Land of the Marcellus Shale, it's a good bet he will dwell on what is increasingly becoming a key plank of the Republican platform this year -- hydraulic fracturing. Indeed, Cahill said Thursday that he believes he offers a significant vantage point for addressing the topic as former commissioner of environmental conservation under then-Gov. George E. Pataki.
   "I'm one of those people who believes it can be done safely," Cahill told Politics Now. "I know what the agency can do and what it can't do."
   Cahill and all of his running mates are emphasizing "fracking" wherever they go on the campaign trail, especially in the Southern Tier. That's where one of the Northeast's most significant deposits of natural gas has been found in the Marcellus Shale field, but recovering it has not yet been authorized by the Cuomo administration.
   From his days at DEC, he said, he believes the department is more than capable of ensuring the process can proceed safely under proper supervision.
   "The Division of Mining has some quality people and they're good at what they do," he said, adding that the department can safely oversee extracting natural gas in the same way it has other extractions of minerals for generations.
   The Cuomo administration contends more study is needed before a decision on fracking can be issued.
   Cahill is challenging Democratic incumbent Eric T. Schneiderman this fall. Schneiderman was endorsed today by three county executives, including Erie's Mark C. Poloncarz.

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