COMING SOON: Cuomo Says Fracking Health Study Results to Be Delivered By Year’s End; Possible Moratorium Decision Expected.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed in a radio interview on Monday that the Department of Health’s long-awaited study on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas will be delivered by the end of this year. The health review, which is one component of the State’s environmental impact analysis (known as a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, or SGEIS), is a health analysis of shale development and hydrofracking in New York State. New York State has had a moratorium on hydrofracking since the SGEIS review was initiated in 2008. In 2012, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens asked the Department of Health to assess the potential health impacts of hydraulic fracturing. In 2013, the Department of Health requested additional time for its review. Those study results are expected to be released in the next two weeks.

Gov. Cuomo added that his administration will decide whether hydraulic fracturing should be permitted in New York.Gov. According to reports, Cuomo’s top commissioners and advisers are set to meet today at the state Capitol. The subject of the meeting is unclear, but there is speculation that advisors are meeting to discuss his administration’s decision on whether to lift New York’s ban on hydraulic fracturing. According to one article, key players in the state’s hydrofracking review are expected to attend, including state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.

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