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March 9, 2013

Fracking health study results likely years off


Niagara Gazette — The state Department of Environmental Conservation's 5-year-old environmental impact study and new regulations are on hold, pending Shah's recommendation.

This week, the Assembly called for a two-year moratorium on a decision to await the Geisinger and other studies. The Independent Democratic Conference, which shares control of the Senate, also called for a delay until the Geisinger and two lesser studies are completed.

Geisinger executives envision the fracking health study as a 20-year project divided into five-year phases, with the first phase requiring upward of $25 million in funding. So far, the project has received $1 million from Sunbury, Pa.-based Degenstein Foundation, which is not seen as having an ideological bent.

Big red number 20 Number of years envisioned for fracking health study divided into five-year phases.

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