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Letter to Governor Cuomo Re: a Proposed HV HF Health Impact Study

March 27, 2013

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York
The State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

We, the undersigned, write to request that you put on-hold completion of your Department of Health’s (DOH) fatally flawed Review of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) until it fulfills the goals stated by Environmental Conservation Commissioner Martens on 9/20/12.

Statement from DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens

Commissioner Shah advised me today that the Public Health Review of the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) of high-volume hydraulic fracturing is still on-going.

DOH Response 1/24/13

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Response to your letter to New York State Commissioner of Health re: Hydraulic Fracturing
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:27:00 -0500
From: Walter Hang
To: Tammy L. Coleman


Thank you for your letter. I am dismayed to learn that: "This information will be taken into consideration as the Department's review proceeds (emphasis added)."

Please Do Not Finalize Your Proposed DOH Review of DEC's Marcellus Shale "health impact analysis" Until Public Participation Requests Are Fulfilled

December 17, 2013

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH
New York State Health Commissioner
Corning Tower
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237

Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH
Chair, Environmental Health Sciences Department
Box 951772
56-070B CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

John Adgate, Ph.D., MSPH
Chair, Occupational and Environmental Health
Colorado School of Public Health
13001 E. 17th Place, B119
Building 500, E3317A
Aurora, CO 80045

Lynn Goldman, MD, MS, MPH
Dean, School of Public Health and Health Services
2175 K. Street, NW 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037


extensive press coverage about inadequate DOH review of DEC "health impact analysis"


I write to bring to your attention extensive local, state and national press coverage of the total lack of public participation as well as the inadequate scope of the Department of Health's Review of the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) "health impact analysis" in the Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS).

See links below.

Cuomo Letter Requests DOH Review to require public participation and investigation of extensive information not included in the Revised Draft SGEIS

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224


I understand that your Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner, Dr. Nirav R. Shah, and three outside experts are conducting a “Review” of the “health impact analysis” in your Department of Environmental Conservation’s Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS). I write today regarding that Review.

Withdraw Revised Draft SGEIS in Order to Eliminate Unplugged and Abandoned Gas and Oil Well Hazards

Dear Governor Cuomo:

I write to reiterate a coalition letter request that you immediately withdraw your Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) in order to restart the permit guideline proceeding by allowing public comment on how best to resolve its numerous unacceptable shortcomings.


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