A group of health professionals opposed to hydraulic fracturing penned a letter Wednesday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, calling on him to take a closer look at radon levels in shale gas before allowing fracking in New York.
The letter, signed by nine people including a representative of the American Lung Association, urges Cuomoâ€™s administration to first examine whether gas from the Marcellus Shale has elevated levels of radon before green-lighting fracking. The state should take a closer look at radiation issues related to shale-gas before proceeding, the letter signers content.
But the letter is notable for this: The health professionals who signed the letter are continuing to push Cuomoâ€™s administration to do its own study of frackingâ€™s health-related impacts.
In September 2012, now-former state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah launched a review of frackingâ€”which, he said often, was decidedly not a study. The Department of Health wasnâ€™t tasked with studying the impacts of fracking, but rather reviewing the Department of Environmental Conservationâ€™s proposed permitting guidelines and studies conduct by outside professionals and colleges.