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A tanker trucks transports water for hydrofracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Marie Cusick
A tanker trucks transports water for hydrofracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Marie Cusick

Fracking review could come sooner than expected

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One day after saying they could not "speculate" on when a key health review on hydrofracking in New York would commence, the New York State Department of Health has now announced three university experts have been chosen and will review the data.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

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New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Nirav Shah was tasked with hiring outside experts to review health impact data on fracking, as the Cuomo Administration continues to study whether fracking will be permitted in New York.
 
With two weeks to go before a key deadline, the health department says it has contracted with three experts to review the report.
 
They are John Adgate, with the Colorado School of Public Health; Lynn Goldman, who’s dean of George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services; and Richard Jackson, chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles.

If the Department of Health doesn't complete the health review by Nov. 29, the state’s environmental agency has to start a rule making process all over again, possibly delaying a decision on fracking for months.

A health department spokesman says Dr. Shah is "nearing completion" of his review.

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