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A recent report issued under the name of one of Gov. Cuomo’s health experts suggests the sort of conclusions his Health Department might make on hydraulic fracturing if it were ever allowed to release one. It’s junk science.
Back in November, 2012, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo opted to use health issues as his excuse for not acting on hydraulic fracturing, a scam that continues 16 months later, his Health Commissioner, Nirvah Shah appointed three “experts” to study these issues. All three had already previously made inflammatory statements about hydraulic fracturing, as Energy In Depth noted in this post.
One of those individuals was John Adgate, from the Colorado School of Public Health, who is the lead author of a report that appeared last month in the Environmental, Science and Technology Journal. Available only by subscription, the inflammatory title of “Potential Public Health Hazards, Exposures and Health Effects from Unconventional Natural Gas Development,” gives the theme away. It appears this may be the report Adgate had prepared for Cuomo only to learn the Governor didn’t really want one, so he repackaged it and put it out as a teaser to attract some more funding for his department. There are any number of anti-fracking foundations with deep pockets who could be attracted to do so.
Regardless of the motive for its release, the report certainly reveals the mentality of one of Cuomo’s health experts. His article is but a biased and sophist literature review combined with fractivist spin and a naked appeal for more money.