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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

Charlie Stehlin
P.O. Box 21
Cohoes, NY
Wendell F Perks Jr
8387 Knight Street
Interlaken, New York
Leah Milstein
94 Avenue A, Apt. 6
New York, New York
Carolyn Fellman Dr.
15 Park St.
Moravia, NY
Michael Goldstein PhD
28 Cemetery Lane
Mc Lean, NY
Laura Campbell
7067 Wyers Point Rd.
Ovid, New York
Karen Melamed Smith
3995 County Road 2
Burdett, NY
Susan Andrews
15 Park St.
Moravia, NY
Richanna Patrick
23 Atkins Ave
Cortland, NY
Terence Coughlin
10 howard ct
staten island, NY
Elsa Leviseur ASLA, RIBA
122 Union Street
Hudson, NY
Mary Heaton
6 Northrup Ave.
Norwich, NY
Madelyn Glase PhD
38 Old Payne Road
Newfield, NY
andrew miller
217 woodlawn ave.
auburn, n.y.
Karla Fisk
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New York, New York
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Rochester, New York
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Melissa Carley Manning RN, BSN
1133 Apple Dr
Mechanicsburg, PA
Deborah Banks
2541 Garfield Drive
Sparks, NV
Justin Ehrlich
142 Giles St
Ithaca, NY
John Hughes
3124 Wolf Creek Road
Cuba, New York
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103 Durfee Hill Rd
Ithaca, NY
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702 Hanford Road
East Meredith, NY
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15 Crannell Avenue
Delmar, NY
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148A Troy Rd
Ithaca, New York
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David Shaw
120 Wilmington St
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Vice President
111 Cassata Court
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1219 Crown Point
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115 Serenity Drive
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93 virginia st
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1197 South Country Club Drive
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476 Poplar Hill Rd.
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Associate Professor
74 Nelson Road
Vestal, NY
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242 Towers Road
Milford, NY
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653 route 208
Gardiner, Ny
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292 E Miller Rd
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1527 Smith Rd
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147 North Sunset Drive
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14205 Keuka Village Rd.
Dundee, New York
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508 Washington St.
Hudson, NY
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ithaca, ny
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111 Pleasant Hollow Rd.
Freeville, NY
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New York, NY
Joseph Rosenshein PhD
10 Fountainbleu Drive
Mendon, NY
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Executive Director
7193 St. Hwy. 80, PO Box 931
Cooperstown, New York
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Retired RN,... Mother & Grandmother
338 Grant st.
Elmira,, NY
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595 New Loudon Road, #195
Latham, NY
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2383 coddington rd
brooktondale, N.Y.
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6198 Marrowback Road
Conesus, NY
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3 Willow Court
Appleton, Wisconsin
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Assistant Professor of Medicine & Psychiatry, Albany Medical College
808 Feura Bush Rd
Delmar, NY
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Alfred, NY
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4635 East Valley Road
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294 hoyer rd
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12562 county highway 23
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25 Barnside Rd.
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62 Beaverkill Mountain Road
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304 E. Falls St.
Ithaca, NY
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Ithaca, New York
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Brooktondale, NY
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242 Cedar Cove
Lansing, New York
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Scientist Emeritus
Kalika Stern BFA,MA,MFA
"Executive Director"
75 Timberhill Lanre
S.Fallsburg, NY
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Deposit, NY
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Councilman, Town of Laurens
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Mt. Vision, New York
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40 Genung Circle
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90 LaSalle St.
New York, NY
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Accord, NY
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Randall McGuire PhD
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