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New York state considers undertaking fracking health study

In the "Green" blog in the New York Times (9/1) Mireya Navarro wrote, "Late in its review process, New York state regulators are now considering an examination of the potential public health effects of hydraulic fracturing as part of its review of the controversial natural gas drilling process." That announcement comes after last Tuesday environmental groups met "with top officials from both the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation to discuss possible impacts like water contamination from accidental spills, air pollution from drilling operations equipment and higher numbers of accidents from increased truck traffic." Though some at the meeting urged "an independent health assessment by medical experts" before any fracking rules are finalized, it remained unclear what state "agencies would ultimately do and whether adding another layer to the ongoing environmental review of fracking would further delay a decision" from the governor.