VIDEO: Environmentalists Call For Broader Health Review of Hydrofracking


Environmental groups and elected officials opposed to hydraulic fracturing urged the state today to expand its health review of the controversial drilling technique.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation last week filed for a 90-day extension on a Nov. 29 deadline for its hydrofracking regulations. In mid-November, the state tapped three health experts to review the regulations for any public health impacts, and the state said the regulations wouldn’t go forward until the health review is completed.

Critics, however, said Monday that the health review needs further transparency and public input.

“We’re appalled at the way this process has gone forward,” Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan said at a news conference at the Capitol. “The most important part of this whole thing is the public health, and it’s almost like it’s an afterthought.”

The group called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to provide information about the details of the health review, being overseen by the state Health Department and its commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah. They want a 30-day public comment period of the health review and its scope to be expanded.

“The public has no idea how the review is being undertaken and has never been afforded an opportunity to review and comment on it,” said Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, D-Ithaca. “The time allocated for the review is ludicrously short and obviously inadequate.”


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  1. New York needs “JOBS” and “FRACKING” will produce them.

    All these “Progressive Liberals” who are out to destroy “FRACKING” all have jobs and they are trying everything to stop “FRACKING” and all the jobs and tax revenue that it will generate.

    They all need “HAPPY SOCKS” so they can become “HAPPY WITH FRACKING”

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    Power to the People who “VOTE”

  2. Annie4cleanwater on

    Fracking is temporary. It’s a boom and bust. Texas is about played out after just ten years. But the smog there is horrendous. The pollution is forever.

    1) The jobs have not only been way over-estimated, and many are transient, meaning they will bring in people from out of state.

    2) The industry never factors in the jobs that are lost where there is fracking; the jobs lost to industries that depend on the pristine waters and lands of rural NY such as: Wineries, Breweries, organic farms, hunting, fishing, tourism, to name a few. These well established industries cannot co-exist with fracking.

    3) We do not have a Severance tax on gas in NY. Every other state in the country taxes them on the produced gas.

    So not many jobs, really high risk jobs, out of state workers, jobs lost, and no tax on production. Oh heck yeah, that sounds so good. Thankfully the price of gas is so low the drillers are loosing interest in NY. We DO need more health studies. But we must also look at the evidence from places like Texas, PA and WV. People are sick. Before fracking not so much.

    Oh and 4) “The industry claims hydrofracking is safe, but they don’t mention the Haliburton loophole, legislation passed during the Bush/Cheney administration which exempts the natural gas industry from key provisions of the federal Clean Water Act. The most important question we must ask is: Why would the industry have asked for exemptions from regulations meant to protect humans and the environment if hydrofracking is so safe? That question alone is enough to make anyone pause for thought and search for answers.”