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Coalition Letter To Governor Cuomo Requests Termination of DEC Shale Gas Rulemaking Proposal as well as a Restart of SGEIS Proceeding

November 28, 2012

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 require your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to: a) terminate its shale gas rulemaking effort by not submitting any request for a 90-day extension and b) restart its Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) proceeding to allow public participation in formulating your Department of Health’s (DOH) proposed “health impact analysis” review.

DOH’s review is critically important because DEC has said that no Final SGEIS will be adopted until the review is completed. It is essential that DOH’s review be comprehensive, open, transparent and involve full public participation.

Public Comment for DOH Review Essential

To date, your administration has not published a single word about the proposed DOH review. As a result, the public has no idea about the scope of the review or how it would be conducted.

We believe the best way to address this unacceptable shortcoming is to reopen the SGEIS proceeding to allow public comment about how DEC and DOH should undertake the review. After both agencies have reviewed those comments, a final review proposal can be adopted.

Terminate Shale Gas Rulemaking Proceeding

You stated publicly that DEC's proposed rulemaking proceeding will not meet its 11/29/12 deadline. It has been reported that a revised rulemaking proposal is about to be initiated by DEC as part of a 90-day extension of that proceeding.

It would be entirely inappropriate to continue DEC's shale gas rulemaking proposal while the DOH health impact analysis review is incomplete. To do so would call into question the integrity of DOH’s review as well as DEC’s rulemaking proceeding.

Good Science Imperative to DOH Review

It is imperative for all the physicians, scientists, academic researchers, elected officials, citizens and other interested parties who have expressed grave concerns about the SGEIS's inadequate health impact analysis to be allowed to comment publicly on how the DOH review must be conducted in order to be based on “good science.”

DOH Review Must Investigate Documented Gas Extraction Problems

DOH’s review of the SGEIS’ “health impact analysis” will help determine whether shale gas fracking will be permitted in New York. Given the importance of that decision, we believe the review must investigate drinking water contamination, gas drilling wastewater dumping, unplugged gas wells and other public health hazards documented by DEC's own records as well as by local health departments in the areas of New York where gas drilling has been prevalent.


In conclusion, we believe that New York’s existing shale gas fracking moratorium must be maintained until all public health and environmental concerns associated with the proposed practice have been fully resolved.

In order to achieve that goal, we request that you require DEC to terminate its shale gas rulemaking effort and restart the SGEIS proceeding to allow public participation in formulating the proposed “health impact analysis” review.

We trust that you will find our request self-explanatory, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our concerns.

Thank you for your consideration.

We look forward to receiving your timely reply.

Very truly yours,

Total Signatory Count: 2972

John Wilcox
31 Fairlawn Dr
Latham, NY
Sharon Ziegler M.D.
805 No. Cayuga St.
Ithaca, New York
Jennifer Savran Kelly
7 Redwood Lane
Ithaca, NY
Brenda Wickes
106 Texas Lane
Ithaca, NY
Michael Bosetti
210 Onondaga Ave
Syracuse, NY
Carol J Painter, Ph.D.
141 Westhaven Rd
Ithaca, NY
Margaret Walbridge
123 Hunt Hill Rd
Ithaca, NY
Mary Lou Sollis
549 Dimmock Hill Road
Binghamton, NY
A P De Matteo
508 Linn St
Ithaca, NY
Marcy LIttle
123 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca, NY
Stephen Joyce ESQ
26 N. Main Street
Sherburne, NY
Lee Marcus Ms.
9352 State Rte. 36
Arkport, NY
Steven Zerby
PO Box 7
Westford, NY
Thomas Fagan
7143 Nower Rd
Earlville, NY
Gregory Weiland PhD
30 Torok Rd.
Groton, NY
Jennifer AUstin Master of Public Health
Health Communications
840 N. Aurora St.
Ithaca, NY
Margaret Manring MS
3713 Highland Avenue
Skaneateles, NY
Eileen Driscoll MS
125 Valley View
Ithaca, NY
Maria Mikades
1655 Nanticoke Drive
endicott, NY
Ileen Kaplan-Maxwell
97 Fir Tree Point Road
Rock Stream, NY
Gerard Courtade
4820 Lincklaen Road
Cazenovia, NY
Ariana Blossom
1952 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY
Jennifer Starr
244 East Genesee Street
Auburn, NY
Dr. David Lewis
101 Elmwood Ave
Ithaca, NY
David Ethridge MA, Geography and Environmental Planning
215 Bryant Ave
Ithaca, NY
Erin Edwards
1857 County Route 10
Ancram, NY
Lori Devlin Honorable
259 Cedar Ave
Patchogue, NY
Noreen Canny
7 Ivanhoe Road
Binghamton, New York
Rebecca Johnson Ph.D.
President of the board of directors, Gandhi Institute
2201 Lehigh Station Road
Pittsford, NY
Danielle Berchtold
410 Marion St.
Endicott, NY
Denise Petersen
590 Ridge Road
Vestal, NY
Tamara A. Sutfin PhD
38 Cottage St.
Dansville, New York
David Makepeace
2 Summers St
Livonia, NY
martha sempowski Dr.
7284 Maplewood Ave.
lima, NY
Mary Perra
6870 Reservoir Rd
Clinton, NY
Joseph Bailey
5998 Leonard Ct
Olcott, New York
Patricia Kernan
538 Providence Street
Albany, NY
Laurie Shaver
147 Connecticut Hill Rd.
Newfield, NY
Danielle Angie
3138 Swamp College Rd.
Trumansburg, NY
Lea Tartanian
3012 Phyllis Street
Endwell, NY
Tim Munier RN
16 Sibley Pl
Rochester, NY
Aneesa Thomas
37 College Street
Binghamton, NY
Lauren Korfine PhD
420 Utica Street
Ithaca, NY
Judith Turk
33 Arlington Drive
Pittsford, NY
Gail Caiola
321 W Main
Frankfort, NY
Mike Rudnick Dr.
20 Cambric Cir.
Pittsford, NY
Joel Cisne
27 N. Landon Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Christine Brunner RN
174 Warner Rd.
Norwich, NY
Mary Colvard MS. Ed
24 bobolink Ct
Deposit, NY
Jennie Governale-Fox
Concerned Mother of Two
4164 St. Paul Blvd
Rochester, NY
Ruth & Kenneth Schamberg
180 W. Durham ST.
Philadelphia, PA
carla weisberg
47 west 12th street, No. 2
New York, NY
Steven Daniel
181 Railroad Mills Road
Pittsford, NY
Caroline Zane
110 Commodore Parkway
Rochester, NY
Elsie Rhodes
27 Church Streeet
Cooperstown, NY
H.Toni Norton
605 Pine Crest Road
Endicott, NY
Linda Mariano Mariano
393 President Street
Brooklyn, New York
anna osterhout
80 w main st
macedon, ny
susan weiner
55 Bluhm Road
Fairport, NY
Marlena Lazarus
210 hook pl
Ithaca, NY
Kathleen Taylor
POB 216
Cherry Valley, NY
Maureen Dill
PO Box 177
Morris, NY
Michael Frys
949 Conklin Rd
Conklin, NY
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77 Squirrels Heath Road
Fairport, NY
larry miller
43 milford st
binghamton, ny
Sarah McNaull
2521 West Danby Road
West Danby, NY
Jason Gordon
60 Pavilion Street
Rochester, NY
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250 Red House Hill Road
Cooperstown, NY
eric schambach
604 Grand
Brooklyn, NY
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Reiki Master/Teacher
75 Lindholm Rd
Hurleyville, NY
Mary hirshfeld
595 Hammond Hill Road
Brooktondale, NY
Peter and Gail Mott
57 S Main
Pittsford, NY
april gampp
249 goundry
north tonawanda, ny
cristian graca
663 cattail rd
livingston manor, new york
Anne Casella
15 South Mountain Terrace
Binghamton, New York
barnie graca
663 cattail rd
livingston manor, new york
Jennifer Bergen
663 cattail rd
livingston manor, new york
Evan Hallas
Senior Energy Analyst
166 Bald Hill Rd.
Spencer, New York
Virginia Miller
119 middaugh road
Brooktondale, Ny
Stanley Salthe Professor Emeritus
42 Laurel Bank Avenue
Deposit, NY
Joan-Marie Bauman
106 Rupp Road
Monticello, NY
David H. Bullard
Clark Rd
Gansevoort, NY
Jessica English
301 Maple Ave apt I-2
Ithaca, NY
Sharon Jeter
2261E Main St
Rochester, NY
Diane Bonaccorsi
580 Nelson Rd.
Ithaca, NY
robert salata
75 benton st
rochestr, ny
Walter Ditman
35-36 80th St.
Jackson Heights, New York
Carleton Corey
9011 Red Hill Road
New Hartford, New York
Valerie Rosenfeld
41 Laurel Ave
Binghamton, NY
Paige Smith
205 Jones Rd
Oxford, NY
Colleen kattau PhD
16 james street
cortland, NY
Don Crittenden
173 Bundy Road
Ithaca, NY
Amie Hamlin
Executive Director
POB 6858
Ithaca, NY
Hugh Kimball
8223 Dexter Parkway
Baldwinsville, New York
Eileen Hanrahan
Endicott, NY
Jane Edwards
1 Foothill Road
Freeville, NY
Lynn Hickey
240 Kimble Rd.
Vestal, New York
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Program Assistant
12 Mt. Pleasant Place #2
Rochester, New York
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33 James St.
Dryden, NY
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138 Mechanic St
Guilford, NY
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1928 Pearl Street
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