25 Sep '12, 6pm

New York postpones fracking decision to gather information on health impacts

New York postpones fracking decision to gather information on health impacts

New York’s health commissioner and “qualified outside experts” will review the health impacts of shale gas drilling before a moratorium on the “fracking” extraction process is lifted, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said [last week]. Martens said he has rejected calls from health and environmental groups for a health impact analysis by a university school of public health or other independent group, saying such a review is the job of government. Martens said he’s asked Health Commissioner Nirav Shah to assess DEC’s own health impact analysis. … Martens said his agency has been reviewing about 80,000 comments submitted on its environmental impact review and proposed regulations. Many of those comments focused on potential health impacts of fracking, which frees gas from shale by injecting a well with high volumes of water mixed with chemica...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/new-york-postpones-fracking-decisio...

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