PSE Letter to NYS DOH Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah

18 Feb 2014

February 20, 2014


Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH
Commissioner, New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 1223


Dear Commissioner Shah,


PSE Healthy Energy for Healthy Energy (PSE) strongly supports your effort to carefully review the scientific literature prior to submitting your health review to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).


As you are well aware, there has been tremendous growth in the scientific literature relevant to the environmental and public health dimensions of shale gas development in the past couple years. This industry has expanded rapidly in some areas throughout the past decade (e.g., Texas and Pennsylvania), yet, more than half of the articles on health risks and outcomes have been published since 2013.


The peer-review process is the cornerstone of scientific inquiry. Our organization is committed to providing citizens and policymakers with objective, evidence-based information on novel energy production methods. Towards this end we have compiled a near exhaustive database of peer-reviewed articles. This library is open to the public and can be accessed at


Again, we commend your diligence and care in carrying out this health review. In addition to the bibliography, we are more than willing to offer our own research and expertise on this subject. We maintain formal affiliations and partnerships with faculty members at a number of national institutions, including Cornell University/Weill Cornell Medical College, Stanford University, and The University of California, Berkeley. We invite you to visit our website at, where we provide high-quality, vetted resources and analyses on shale gas development and other forms of novel energy production.


Thank you once again for your time.





Seth B. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH
Executive Director
PSE Healthy Energy for Healthy Energy



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