Fortunately, he added that, “if, on the other hand, the DOH review finds that there is a public health concern that has not been assessed in the SGEIS or properly mitigated, we would not proceed, as I have stated in the past.”
It is hard to imagine the public-health study not finding severe risks involved in fracking, based on the evidence from locations where it has been, and is being, carried out. Something is wrong if the DEC goes ahead and issues fracking permits or merely adjusts its regulations to incorporate Shah’s concerns.
Cuomo and the DEC, just like Obama, need to get on the side of the environment, climate change and public health. They must put an end to proposals that would allow any fracking.
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.