Remember the health professors who were contracted last year to assist the state in its review of hydrofracking?
Their contracts ran out in May.
A pair of contracts with professors assisting the state with its review of hydraulic fracturing expired nearly three months ago, but the state has yet to decide on whether to allow the much-debated technique to move forward.
The agreements, worth as much as $24,000 each, expired on May 31, documents obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau show. The state Department of Health hasn’t released the academics’ work or revealed any of the documents they were asked to review.
The two professors — Lynn Goldman of The George Washington University and John Adgate of the Colorado School of Public Health — were first contracted by the state in November to assist with Shah’s review.
Their agreements had been set to expire in mid-February, and their initial work had been completed in January.
But after the state missed a February deadline to finalize a set of proposed fracking regulations, the Health Department extended the contracts through May, according to the documents obtained this month under the state’s Freedom of Information law. The extension doubled the cost from $12,000 each to a maximum of $24,000 each.
A third expert, UCLA’s Richard Jackson, had been assisting with the review on a pro bono basis, according to the state.
Here are the copies of the extended contracts. The original contracts can be found here.