The Secretive Ways of NYS Health Com. Nirav Shah

It’s no secret that New York State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah is having his chain yanked by his boss, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on the issue of hydraulic fracturing. The Health Department has been involved every step of the way with the Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) over the past 5 1/2 years, evaluating proposed drilling regulations with an eye on whether there are so-called public health impacts and ramifications. But at the eleventh hour last year, Cuomo instructed Shah to do yet another review, and that review, which at one point Shah said was just “weeks away” from being completed, is still not done more than a year later. Why? Cuomo told him to slow it down. That’s the only explanation that makes sense.

Recently Shah as quizzed about the process he’s using to “evaluate” fracking regulations and potential health impacts. Shah has been super secretive about what he’s up to. He’s gone on record saying the process he’s using should not be transparent as it’s being done–only at the end. Anti-drillers are as frustrated with him as pro-drillers. Both sides have sued Shah (for different reasons) and according to anti-drilling former Gannett reporter Tom Wilbur, Shah is about to be forced to reveal what he’s been up to…

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