Letter criticizes DEC hydrofracking draft
NEW YORK STATE -- More than 250 doctors and other health professionals say the DEC's draft on hydraulic fracturing doesn't do enough to address the health issues surrounding the gas drilling method.
In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the doctors are calling for a comprehensive human health study in the proposal to permit deep natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region of New York. The letter also says the state health department has declined to do the assessment on the grounds it wouldn't provide significant new information not already being covered.
The doctors claim growing evidence from industrial gas development in other states shows worsening health among people living near gas wells, compressor stations and waste pits.
The Cuomo administration did not immediately reply to requests for comment Wednesday.
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