The shale gas boom that the United States is undergoing is getting a great deal of attention.  In recent weeks, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have released reports that highlight the importance of shale gas as a source of energy, and the many economic benefits that many states throughout the nation are enjoying.

 

Unfortunately, the promise and potential of shale gas has gone unseen by New York’s policymakers.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio – who probably heats his home with fracked gas – said this week that “there is no place” for shale gas development in the state.

 

Meanwhile, state Health Commission Nirav Shah still refuses to provide any information about his office’s on-going study of the long-term health effects of shale gas development through hydraulic fracturing.  We wonder whether the Department of Health is looking at the long-term health impacts of unemployment and economic decline.