“Why confuse the issue with studies ?” The Governor dispels any doubt about what the fracking regulations will not be based on. Health studies. Ones that are actually completed. Or science. You know, stuff like that. Whatever gave us that impression ? Dr. Shah playing Good Fracking Cop to Martens’s Bad Fracking Cop ? When they both report to Cuomo. Think maybe we got played ?
Maybe it’s time for your town to get its road and land use ordinance up to snuff. If not, you may need to get yourself a new town board. Before you have to start looking for another town.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s health commissioner said Monday he won’t wait for completion of any of the pending gas drilling health studies, which could take years, and instead plans a recommendation to the governor “in weeks” on whether the state should approve hydraulic fracturing.
“Nobody ever said that we were waiting for the studies to be actually finished,” Cuomo said Monday. “The Department of Health was going to be looking at those studies and see if there was anything constructive in those studies.” Instead, Cuomo said they would discuss early findings with some researchers. Preliminary results of the Geisinger study are expected within a year. “We will call them up, look at them, talk to them and find out,” Cuomo said. “Maybe they are useless, in which case they are useless. Maybe they have some information that is instructive, in which case we will use the information.”
“I anticipate we will be done in the next few weeks,” Shah told reporters at Cuomo’s news conference Monday. He said he sees no scenario in which New York would delay a decision for the results of the studies.
The Geisinger study will look at detailed health histories of hundreds of thousands of patients who live near wells and other facilities that are producing natural gas from the same Marcellus Shale formation that New York would tap. Unlike most studies funded by advocates or opponents of hydrofracking, this study would be funded by the Sunbury, Pa.-based Degenstein Foundation, which is not seen as having an ideological bent. Preliminary results could be released in a year.
“We don’t really believe that there is a fast answer here, if you’re looking at the issue of health impacts,” Andy Deubler, an executive vice president at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, said in an interview. “You’ve got to have all the data before you can come to a conclusion.”
Cuomo also said Monday that he doesn’t believe bills will pass the legislature seeking to delay a decision until those studies are completed. The Assembly’s Democratic majority wants a two-year moratorium, while the Independent Democratic Conference, which shares control of the Senate, has a bill that would delay action until the Geisinger report and lesser studies are complete. “I don’t believe that bill passes,” said Cuomo, who insists science will determine his choice. “We’re not looking for a political resolution here.”
We don’t need no political resolutions.
We ain’t got no science. We don’t got to wait on no frackin’ studies. Why the frack would we need to finish no studies ?