N.Y. legislators grill health chief on fracking review: The Journal News | LoHud.com 12/30/13

KathyNolan“Kathleen Nolan, a regional director for Catskill Mountainkeeper, a group opposed to hydrofracking, criticized the state for not doing more to assess the impacts of fracking.“Commissioner Shah’s admission that the DOH is not doing a health study, but merely a health review, is unconscionable,” she said Wednesday.”

ALBANY — New York Health Commissioner Nirav Shah broke his silence on the state’s review of the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, telling lawmakers Wednesday that he anticipates completing the analysis in “the next few weeks.”

In a legislative budget hearing on public health and Medicaid spending, state lawmakers pressed Shah for details on when the department’s findings would be public. Shah began his review in September at the request of the Department of Environmental Conservation, which itself has been reviewing the environmental effects of fracking since 2008. But little about the review has been revealed, and Shah previously declined to discuss it while the analysis was in progress.

Asked by Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, about the state of the review, Shah said, “The vast majority of the material for our review, the health review, is available on the Internet at the DEC website.”

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