Landowners, Fracking Foes React to Dr. Shah Resignation
4/11/2014 (Updated 8:31:29 PM)There is a change atop the state's Health Department, but will there be a change in the state's approach to fracking, a gas drilling practice currently not allowed in New York?...
Dr. Nirav Shah is leaving as head of the Health Department to take a position with the Kaiser Foundation in California.
He'll be replaced by first deputy Howard Zucker.
Members of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York are disappointed Shah left without completing a review of the health effects of fracking.
Drilling opponents are turning their eyes to Zucker.
"By taking the Hippocratic Oath it's his obligation to protect the health of New Yorkers and we're going to hold him to that. In terms of procedurally, it's really speculation at this point," said Isaac Silberman-Gorn of Citizen Action.
"I think it's going to be pretty much status quo. I think the only thing that's going to move this thing forward is the Landowners lawsuit. Cuomo is going to put whoever he wants in there and I don't see him putting anybody from our side in there," said Vic Furman of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York.
The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York is suing the state over what it is calling its inaction on fracking. a hearing on that suit will be April 25th.
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