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Fracking Opponents Knock State’s Health Document

Posted By Jon Campbell On January 3, 2013 @ 2:43 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas are pushing back against a draft state assessment of the technique’s potential health impacts, saying it “confirms public fears that the pressure to allow fracking is trumping the actual concerns” of New Yorkers.

New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition of groups opposed to hydrofracking, issued a statement knocking the eight-page summary, which was obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau [1]and other media outlets.

The document concludes high-volume hydrofracking can likely be performed without significant impact on human health with the rules and regulations proposed by the state in place.

From Sandra Steingraber, a co-founder of the coalition:

“This leaked DEC document cavalierly dismissing the health impacts of fracking confirms public fears that the pressure to allow fracking is trumping the actual concerns New Yorkers justifiably have about how the inherently dangerous process would affect their health. The state is claiming the document to be outdated, but it is currently the only substantial information available to the public pertaining to the state’s examination of fracking’s health impact; the Cuomo administration has refused to release anything – including this document – and has placed gag-orders on the independent health experts hired with tax payer money. This is truly government at its worst with secrecy akin to undemocratic ruling and conclusions about one of the biggest potential health hazards to New Yorkers drawn from flimsy reasoning. This backwards, sham process further elevates the dire need for a true comprehensive public health impact assessment of fracking.”

The state’s chapter of the American Petroleum Institute had a different reaction [2], unsurprisingly.

Meanwhile, the Press & Sun-Bulletin joined with the Broome Leadership Institute to host a forum on fracking, featuring a panel representing landowners, the gas industry and environmentalists.

You can watch a replay below:

Watch live streaming video [3] from pressconnects [4] at livestream.com

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[1] which was obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau : http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2013/01/03/in-draft-state-says-fracking-requirements-would-likely-prevent-health-impacts/

[2] had a different reaction: http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2013/01/03/pro-fracking-group-says-states-secret-analysis-shows-drilling-can-be-done-safely/

[3] live streaming video: http://www.livestream.com/?utm_source=lsplayer&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=footerlinks

[4] pressconnects: http://www.livestream.com/pressconnects?utm_source=lsplayer&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=footerlinks