About two hours after the Colorado School of Public Health released its own agreement, the New York Department of Health unveiled a second contract with an academic expert assessing its hydrofracking review.
The state will pay George Washington University $241.68 per hour for the work of Lynn Goldman, the dean of its public health school. The payment will be capped at a maximum of $12,000, according to the contract.
As reported yesterday, the Colorado School of Public Health will be reimbursed at a rate of $480 per hour, also capped at $12,000. John Adgate, the chair of the school’s environmental health department, is performing the review.
The third academic professional — Richard Jackson of UCLA — is working pro bono, according to Health Department.
“The consultants were selected based on their scientific expertise, credentials and knowledge of the subject matter,” said Bill Schwarz, a Department of Health spokesman.
The Health Department unveiled the panel of experts earlier this month, tasking them with providing “advice and recommendations related to public health impacts and mitigations, if necessary, of high-volume hydraulic fracturing.” Large-scale hydrofracking has been on hold since 2008 as the state completes an environmental review of the process.
Here’s the two contracts. A contract with the Colorado School of Public Health is first — we posted it here yesterday — followed by the newly released agreement with George Washington University: