The Department of Health will pay $480 an hour for a Colorado School of Public Health expert to assess the state’s hydrofracking review.
The payment to the school will be capped at $12,000, according to a copy of the contract obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau.
John Adgate, chair of the Colorado school’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, was selected earlier this month to assist with the state’s ongoing review of hydrofracking. Specifically, Adgate has been asked to review documents provided to him by the state Health Department and “provide advice and recommendations related to potential public health impacts and mitigations, if necessary, of high-volume hydraulic fracturing.”
Adgate was one of three academic professionals asked to assist in the review, with the others hailing from George Washington University and the University of California, Los Angeles. Lynn Goldman, the dean of George Washington University’s public health school, confirmed last week that her employer was also being reimbursed an hourly rate for her work, but that rate hasn’t been made clear.
The contract — which was provided by the Colorado school — runs through Feb. 13, but contains a clause that allows the Health Department to set a timeframe for the work to be completed by. Prior to Thanksgiving, Goldman said she had been asked to finish by Dec. 3.