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Fractivists Demand Health Study

03/28/13

Environmental fractivists are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to do a public health impact study before making a decision on whether to allow fracking or not in New York State.

They want the State Health Department Commissioner to begin the study immediately. The group, including Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan and Toxics Targeting President Walter Hang, says the Cuomo administration promised that the state's drilling investigation would result in the most thorough review of fracking in the nation. Hang says that has not happened. A letter requesting the study has been sent to Governor Cuomo and 100 of his top campaign contributors.

Walter Hang says, "Our letter basically just says to the Governor, do a public health impact study, address all of these public health concerns once and for all, and until that is done don't adopt a final review, don't lift the moratorium, fulfill your promise to make sure that these issues are based on science."

Hang says an in-depth study is much different than the shallow so-called health review currently being done by the State Department of Health.