ALBANY, N.Y. -- Opponents of gas drilling are calling on state officials to scrap work done by a consultant as part of an environmental impact review of fracking, saying the firm is part of an industry group lobbying to lift the state's 5-year-old shale drilling ban.
Ecology and Environment Inc. was hired in 2011 to do an economic analysis of how shale gas development would affect the state. It gave a positive picture of jobs and economic benefits. Critics say it didn't analyze the negative economic effects, including the toll of truck traffic on roads and increased health care costs.
This week, the consultant was listed as a member of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York in a letter sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo urging him to lift the ban.