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New York Health Department Analysis Concluded Fracking is Safe

The New York Times recently uncovered an eight-page New York Health Department analysis which concluded in early 2012 that fracking could be conducted in a safe manner in New York.  The analysis states, “the Department expects that human chemical exposures during [high-volume hydraulic fracturing] operations will be prevented or reduced below levels of significant health concern.”  The analysis also states that too many assumptions would need to be made and too many variables exist to project the probability of various hazards.  The analysis is a summary of research conducted by the state and other parties, and concludes that fracking can be done safely within the regulatory system that the state has developed over the past several years.