New York State: A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development

New York State Dept. of Health
http://www.health.ny.gov/press/reports/docs/high_volume_hydraulic_fracturing.pdf

[New York Times] … the long-awaited health study finally materialized, its findings made public during a year-end cabinet meeting convened by the governor in Albany.

In a presentation at the cabinet meeting, the acting state health commissioner, Dr. Howard A. Zucker, said the examination had found “significant public health risks” associated with fracking.

Holding up copies of scientific studies to animate his arguments, Dr. Zucker listed concerns about water contamination and air pollution, and said there was insufficient scientific evidence to affirm the safety of fracking.

Dr. Zucker said his review boiled down to a simple question: Would he want his family to live in a community where fracking was taking place? His answer was no. “We cannot afford to make a mistake,” he said. “The potential risks are too great. In fact, they are not even fully known…”

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