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Binghamton Mayor Ryan and Local Citizen Activists Call for State DOH “Public Health Impact Study” of Shale Fracking


From Walter Hang:

Binghamton Mayor Matthew T. Ryan and local citizen activists will hold a news conference to release a letter sent to Governor Cuomo which requests that State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav R. Shaw immediately undertake a “Public Health Impact Study” of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in order to fulfill sweeping requirements announced by the Cuomo Administration on 9/20/12. Until that Study is completed, the letter requests that New York’s shale gas extraction moratorium remain in effect.

The letter requests that Governor Cuomo fulfill Environmental Conservation Commissioner Martens 9/20/12 shale gas "health impact analysis" pledge that Dr. Nirav R. Shah will:

a) address “any legitimate request for additional due diligence and study…;”

b) ensure that “DEC's ultimate decision on hydraulic fracturing is beyond reproach either as a matter of law or as policy;”

c) allow DEC to avail “ourselves of the best possible advice from the private and academic sectors;” and

d) undertake an investigation that would “… result in the most thorough review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the nation.”

The News Conference will take place at 1:00 PM, Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Mayor Ryan's fourth floor conference room at 38 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY.