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Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH

Fracking questions likely at budget hearing

The state's health commissioner is scheduled to testify before the legislative fiscal committees Monday morning, where he'll likely be asked about a long delayed health study on hydrofracking.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent
Dr. Nirav Shah is the state’s health commissioner, appointed by Governor Cuomo. State lawmakers will likely ask him about a study he’s conducting on the potential health effects of natural gas drilling. The review has been going on for a year and a half now. Until it’s completed, hydrofracking is on hold in New York.
 
Anti-fracking activists also plan to attend the hearing. John Armstrong of Frack Action says he wants to know more about what Shah is studying.
 
“I would hope the legislative member would question him about what he is studying,” said Armstrong. “ To ensure that there is going to be public participation.”
 
Armstrong says he’d like to see the health study conducted in a more transparent manner.

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