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N.Y. official to make fracking recommendation ‘in weeks’

Associated Press

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s health commissioner said he won’t wait for the completion of any pending gas drilling studies and plans a recommendation “in weeks” on whether the state should approve hydraulic fracturing.


Health Commissioner Nirav Shah said Monday he won’t wait for the final results, which could be years away.


Instead, he said state officials will talk to at least some of the researchers about their findings.


Shah says he met with researchers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Geisinger Health in Danville, Pa., within the last two weeks.


Geisinger plans preliminary results within a year. It’s studying the health records of individuals living near Pennsylvania gas wells from before and after fracking started. It’s a report two people close to Gov. Andrew Cuomo see as key to his decision.


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