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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

jane walker
116 Baker HIll Rd
freeville, NY
M C Goldstein
2922 Morgan Drive
Wantagh, NY
Mary Brawley-Fuat
Land Owner
1683 Wheat Hill Road
Sidney Center, New York
Lisa DiCarlo RN
samsonville rd
samsonville, new york
shirley kozlowski
115 w. groton rd
groton, ny
Jill Herendeen
41 Jackson St.
Lyons, NY
Doug Webb
703 N Cayuga St
Ithaca, NY
Arthur Haas
331 Tubbs Hill Rd
Berkshire, NY
Robert Thompson MS
4151 Clay St
Livonia, NY
Eileen McCorry
35 W.81 Street
New York, New York
Marian Rose PhD
President Emeritus
9 Old Corner Road 10506
Bedford , NY
Jason Long
17 Cricketown Road
Stony Point, NY
Roxanne Klein
175 Bulls Sawmill Rd
Honeoye Falls, New York
William Meyer
Lower Hudson Group, Ex-Com Member
PO Box 834
Armonk, New York
Sarah Cummings
1106 North Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY
Eric Bare Esq.
1010 Powderhouse Rd.
Vestal, NY
Dee Mackie
3221 State Highway 51
Morris, NY
Vicki Lee Kolts
89 Kent St.
Windsor, NY
Vicky Southall
5611 Godfreys Pond Rd
Bergen, NY
howard aldendorff LCSW-R
127 Fayette St. # 2, Ithaca, NY 14850
Ithaca, NY
Joe Holdner PA
443 Second Street
Olivebridge, NY
Heather Braun
4204 East Lake Road
Livonia, NY
Candace Cornell
1456 Hanshaw Road
Ithaca, NY
Tara Barfoot
1312 Madison st
Syracuse, Ny
Candace Cornell PhD
Professor of Chemistry
Dept Chemistry
Ithaca, NY
Jessie Reich
23 Westlake Avenue
Auburn , NY
Sidney Berger
215 Camp Road
South New Berlin, NY
Jon Schmitt
139 Campfire Rd N.
Henrietta, NY
Kristin Lovelace-Ross MS, MA
Waterburg Road
Trumansburg, New York
Julie Parisi Kirby
36 Purdy Hollow Road
Woodstock, NY
Stacia Norman
134 Broad St.
Morris, NY
Joanne Steele
1 Union Center Road
St. Remy, NY
robert cohen
po box 90
shushan, ny
Peter Thompson
658 West Onondaga Street
Syracuse, New York
Melissa Shade
934 Neal rd
Endicott, Ny
sally freund
2498 sw freund st
oalk harbor, wa
Celia Barnes
33 James St.
Dryden, Ny
Molly Glesmann
9732 Starr Hill Rd
Remsen, NY
Fred Sibley
2325 Co. Rd. 6
Alpine , NY
Mary Jane Schmitt MS
139 Campfire Rd. N.
Henrietta, NY
David Sedlack CFR
899 State Route 41
Homer, New York
Tom Edmunds
PO Box 22
West Fulton, NY
Flor Henderson
5550 Fieldston Rd.1E
Bronx, New York, 10471
lucy koteen
138 lafayette av
brooklyn, ny
A. Lindsay Groves Ms
Interim Principal Cellist
1246 Minnow Cove
Skaneateles, NY
Janet Meaney LCSW-R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
Steering Committee Member
73 S. Glenora Rd
Dundee, NY
Beth Howard
Besemer Rd
Ithaca, NY
Jae Verner
66 south chestnut st
New Paltz, NY
John Czajka
336 Willow Ridge Drive
Amherst, NY
Julie Trachman PhD
Assistant Professor
Natural Sciences Dept., Hostos Community College-CUNY
Bronx, NY
Susan Kramer
406 N. Cayuga St.
Ithaca, Ny
Dana Merizzi
31 Union Street
Auburn, Ny
Lisa Morganstern-Perl
60 Millrock rd.
New Paltz, NY
Catherine Carpenter
293 Ferndale Dr.
Binghamton, New York
Denise Eddy
Hawleyton Road
Binghamton, New York
James Ayers BS, MS, CAS
759 Samsonville Road
Kerhonkson, NY
Neal Johnston
Ann Marie Rotter RN
5867 State Route 64
Canandaigua, New York
Cora Yao RN, MSN
120 Utica St
Ithaca, NY - New York
Emily Sorel LCSW-R
2498 Slaterville Road
Slaterville Springs, NY
Howard Hannum
founding member
1221 Higley Rd
Sidney Center, NY
Sharon Osika-Michales
4411 Vinegar Hill Rd.
Skaneateles, NY
Dmitry Gerikh
278 Crisfield Ave
Buffalo, NY
Lisa Cowden
5265 Indian Fort Road
Trumansburg, NY
Danica Alvaradejo
1735 New Eastwood Circle
Morganton, NC
Bernard Tuchman
240 West End Ave.
New York, NY
Nancy Pollak Pollak
125 Giles St.
Ithaca, NY
Heather Mcardle
921 CR 94
Fremont Center, NY
Susan Sullivan
7878 SR 52
Narrowsburg, NY
Fay Aaronson, LCSW
1355 county Rte. 3
Margaretville, New York
Beverly Hayden
130 Murphy Place apt 1
W. Henrietta, NY, NY New York
Miriam Greenberger
205 east 77th street
New York, New York
jill nord doctor
7715 62 st
glendale, new york
Donna Joseph
7699 Cty. Rte. 13
Bath, New York
Noa Shapiro-Tamir
4088 Garrett Rd.
Ithaca, New York
Joanna Tsai RN and DC
Rochester, NY New York
Susan Ruff
6 Kolb Road
Binghamton, New York
Susan DeFabbia
9244 Burch Hill Road
Springwater, NY
tracy basile
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies
74 revolutionary road
ossining, new york
Richard Lercari
225 East 74th Street Apt 1N
Gerald Ravnitzky
124 Hill Street
Mahopac, New York
Wayne Wells
4304 Lewis Rd
Cameron Mills, New York
Kenneth Empey
635 Cullen Rd
Richfield Springs, New York
Jo Ellen del Campo
43 Hillcrest Drive
Alfred, NY
John A. del Campo, DDS
49 Hillcrest Drive
Alfred, NY
Brian Olson Ph.D.
22 Delancey Dr.
Geneva, New York
Larraine McNulty
156 Pritchard Road
West Winfield, NY
Susan Galbraith
Senior Energy Analyst
4866 South Lebanon Road
Earlville, NY
Matthew Swihart
67 Barton Street
Rochester, NY
steve gordon
11o overlook r.d
ithaca, n.y.
Rosemarie Stepanik
13 Fiora Drive
Fairport, New York
Joyce Mosher
61 Wellington Rd.
Delmar, New York
Megan De Haas
26 Lake St.
Dryden, NY
Hannah Kahn
Management Team
540 Alabama St.
San Francisco, CA
Biill DesJardin
5074 Holley Byron Rd
Holley, NY
Jeanne Maguire
41 poplar rd
Garnerville, NY
James Dean
Trustee, Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee
15 Delaware Street
Cooperstown, New York 13326
Edward Kokkelenberg
214 Buttermilk Lane
Ithaca, NY
Tara Sumner
Vice President
PO Box 302
Springfield Center, New York (NY)
Debra Howard
p.o. box 70
Fremont Center, NY
Philippa Proudfoot Ms
74 Chelmsford Rd
Rochester, NY
Emmett W. Bassett PhD
292 Glade Hill Rd
Grahamsville, NY
Molly Williams RN, BSN, CSN
2179 Oldroyd Rd.
Columbia Cross Roads, Pennsylvania
roseanne demaria
1790 otisco valley road
marietta, new york
Shelly Rusten
87 CR 132
Hankins, NY