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State Considering Studying Health Impacts of Fracking

Source:  Copyright 2012, New York Times
Date:  August 31, 2012
Byline:  Mireya Navarro
Original URL: Status ONLINE


Late in its review process, New York state regulators are now considering an examination of the potential public health effects of hydraulic fracturing as part of its review of the controversial natural gas drilling process.

What this means to the state`s timetable for deciding on whether and how to allow fracking is unclear.

Several environmental groups met Tuesday with top officials from both the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation to discuss possible impacts like water contamination from accidental spills, air pollution from drilling operations equipment and higher numbers of accidents from increased truck traffic.

Some of those in attendance said the environmentalists – including members of major groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Environmental Advocates of New York, Riverkeeper and Environmental Defense Fund – pressed for an independent health assessment by ...

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