Questions Surround NY's Fracking Health Study

The state’s health commissioner is scheduled to testify before the legislative fiscal committee Monday morning.

State lawmakers will likely ask Dr. Nirav Shah, who was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to be the state’s health commissioner, about a study he’s conducting on the potential health effects of natural gas drilling. The review has been going on for a year-and-a-half, and until it’s completed, hydrofracking is on hold in New York.

Anti-fracking activists also plan to attend the hearing.  

“I would hope the legislative member would question him about what he is studying and to ensure that there is going to be public participation," said John Armstrong, with the group Frack Action.

Armstrong said he’d also like to see the health study conducted in a more transparent manner.