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Fracking Health Study Results Likely Years Off

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A health study cited by leading environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as pivotal in helping persuade Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hold off on plans for a limited fracking pilot program is likely years away from conclusions about whether the shale gas-drilling technology is safe.     

Andy Deubler, an executive vice president at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, says the study is still in
early planning stages with only a fraction of its necessary funding. He says it's just one piece of a larger body of
independent research just getting under way and seeking funding.     

Preliminary results are expected within a year.     

Leaders of an anti-fracking coalition in New York state have said Cuomo should wait for results of the Geisinger study. They also want a more extensive, New York-specific review.

      
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