Groups seek details on fracking health study

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ALBANY, N.Y. — A coalition of environmental groups is calling on state officials to release details of a health impact study for shale gas drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing.


Representatives of a dozen prominent organizations signed a letter sent Tuesday to Health commissioner Nirav Shah and Environmental Conservation commissioner Joseph Martens. They asked them to make public the health impact study being evaluated by a scientific panel.


They also called for public hearings in potentially affected areas and a 60-day public comment period on the health study.


A DEC spokeswoman referred questions to the health department, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.


DEC did the health study as part of an environmental impact review of shale gas development, which is expected to be completed within a few months.


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