A ‘secret’ state report on fracking is revealed
A previously unpublicized, year-old analysis from the New York State Health Department said the controversial practice known as fracking, could be done safely in the state, the New York Times reports.
A spokesperson for the agency said the information is old and is being updated in an ongoing analysis, and opponents of fracking said the original analysis is essentially a selective summary of existing materials and a rationalization by the state for not doing more to study the issue on its own.
The issue is a difficult one for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who doesn't want to block the economic benefits of fracking from economically depressed areas upstate, but has been "unnerved," the Times says, by opposition to the practice on the environmentalist left.
Cuomo has consistently said he'll make a decision about fracking based on the facts, not the politics. So far, that's meant delaying definitive decisions altogether.
The state's health commissioner declined to talk about the report when approached by a reporter in Albany yesterday.
The report was provided to the Times, according to the report, by "an expert who did not believe it should be kept secret."
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A leaked, year-old report from the New York State Health Department said fracking could be done safely, but critics say it didn't examine safety concerns vigorously. [Danny Hakim]
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The state's health commissioner declined to discuss his agency's ongoing review of fracking. [Jon Campbell]
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