Shale Energy Law Blog
New York Health Commissioner to Make Fracking Recommendation "In Weeks"
March 13, 2013
The State Journal reported earlier this week that New York Health Commissioner Nirav Shah plans to make a recommendation to Governor Andrew Cuomo “in weeks” on whether the state should approve hydraulic fracturing, despite reports that the Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health System study is years away from being completed. Governor Cuomo responded by stating, “Nobody ever said that we were waiting for the studies to be finished … The Department of Health was going to be looking at those studies and see if there was anything constructive in those studies.” Cuomo also indicated that the recent legislative effort to pass a two-year moratorium extension will likely fail.