NYS urged to apply fracking health standards to growing gas pipeline networks

With a web of new and expanded natural gas pipelines on the drawing board in the state, as energy companies seek to move gas from a hydrofracking boom in Pennsylvania to the Northeast for sale and potential export, opponents warned Monday that chronic pollution leaks from the pipes would threaten public health.

Opponents from 21 counties across the Capital Region, Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and lower Hudson Valley — which could be along the path of hundreds of miles new high-pressure pipes — urged the state to delay air pollution permit approvals until after conducting a comprehensive health study of potential risks to people who would live near the projects.

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