Fracking health study results likely years off

By MARY ESCH
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A health study cited by leading
environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as pivotal in helping persuade
Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hold off on plans for a limited fracking pilot
program is likely years away from conclusions about whether the shale
gas-drilling technology is safe.

Andy Deubler, an executive vice
president at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, says the study is
still in early planning stages with only a fraction of its necessary
funding. He says it's just one piece of a larger body of independent
research just getting under way and seeking funding.

Preliminary results are expected within a year.

Leaders of an anti-fracking coalition have said Cuomo should wait for results of the Geisinger study.
They also want a more extensive, New York-specific review.

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