Saturday, May 14, 2011

NY Assembly Hearing on Fracking & Health Impacts

Between the Duke study and the focus on fracking on NPR yesterday (Science Friday), there's a lot of attention on potential health impacts of this new application of hydraulic fracturing techniques used in shale gas drilling.

Now NY Assembly members want to know more. So they're holding a hearing on Thursday, May 26. Both the NY Assembly Standing Committee in Environmental Conservation and the Assembly Standing Committee on Health will conduct a public hearing on Health Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing Techniques.  In their announcement they note that "there are a number of concerns regarding the potential health effects of exposure to such chemicals".

This hearing will examine those potential health effects. Oral testimony will be accepted by invitation only. The assembly members will accept written testimony as well. To submit testimony  fill out a "public reply form" found below the hearing notice. Keep in mind that you'll need to send multiple copies if you present oral testimony.

The hearing will be Thursday, May 26 at 9:30 am in the Hamilton Hearing Room B, 2nd Floor
Legislative Office Building in Albany, NY.
Hearing announcement and form at http://assembly.state.ny.us/comm/EnCon/20110512/
Email/fax/mail the completed form to:
Michael Szydlo,Committee Assistant
Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation
Room 520 - Capitol
Albany, New York 12248
Email: szydlom@assembly.state.ny.us
Phone: (518) 455-4363;  Fax: (518) 455-5182

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