Celebrating Another Fracking Delay

By Brandi Bailey

February 13, 2013 Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 3:08 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) New York's Health Commissioner is asking for more time to issue his potential health impact study of hydraulic fracturing, something those opposed to the practice celebrated Wednesday.

Members of Citizen Action say there's no way to determine the safety of fracking without a comprehensive health assessment.

The group is also requesting more public comment from the state's medical professionals.

Anti-frackers say the letter from Nirav Shah to Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens requesting more time is a testament to the state officials basing their final decisions on science. The letter was made public Tuesday.

"We're confident that science is going to win out, and if a comprehensive health impact assessment was done you would find out that fracking cannot be done safely," said Citizen Action member, Issac Silberman-Gorn.

When asked about the possibility of an assessment that determined fracking could be done safely, members said they couldn't comment because it's too soon to speculate.