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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fracking: NY State Report Reveals Significant Health Uncertainties

"As with most complex human activities in modern societies, absolute scientific certainty

regarding the relative contributions of positive and negative impacts of HVHF* on public

health is unlikely to ever be attained. In this instance, however, the overall weight of the

evidence from the cumulative body of information contained in this Public Health

Review demonstrates that there are significant uncertainties about the kinds of adverse

health outcomes that may be associated with HVHF, the likelihood of the occurrence of

adverse health outcomes, and the effectiveness of some of the mitigation measures in

reducing or preventing environmental impacts which could adversely affect public

health. Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to

public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately

managed, DOH recommends that HVHF should not proceed in New York State."

*high volume hydraulic fracturing

Click here to read the entire report.