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Fracking Health Impact Study Details Requested By New York Environmental Groups

Source:  Copyright 2012, Associated Press
Date:  December 18, 2012
Original URL: Status ONLINE


A coalition of environmental groups called on New York state officials Tuesday to release details of a health impact study for shale gas drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Representatives of a dozen prominent organizations signed a letter to Health Commissioner Nirav Shah and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens. They asked them to make public the health impact study being evaluated by a scientific panel, and called for public hearings and a 60-day public comment period on the health study.

A DEC spokeswoman referred questions to the health department, which didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

DEC did the health study as part of an environmental impact review of shale gas development which started in July 2008 and is expected to be completed within a few months.

Martens announced in September that he was rejecting demands from health and environmental groups to commission a ...

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