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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

Dwain Wilder
289 Rich's Dugway
Rochester, New York
Doug Couchon Dr.
109 Foster Avenue
Elmira, NY
MaryAnn Nellis
119 Montgomery St.
canajoharie, NY
Craig Buckbee
174 Pickens Rd.
Burlington, NY
Teri Slater
12 Henderson Place
New York, N.Y. 10028
Roger Hecht PhD
Assistant Professor
59 Bald Hill Rd
Spencer, NY
thomas boyle
106 edwards road
binghamton, ny
Matthew Peterson
812 Ringwood Road
Ithaca, New York
Patricia Develder
6241 Marrowback Rd
Conesus, Ny
Evelyn Cronise
7428 Red Tail Dr.
Bloomfield, New York
james ring winslow professor of physics, Ph.D, hamilton college
winslow professor of physics
3926 griffin road
clinton, 13323, ny
Pamela Welch
855 County Highway 46
Oneonta, NY
Lori Jo Siegel
72 trues dale drive
croton on hudson, NY
Nancy Pluta
40-12 217th Street
Bayside, New York
David McInnis
414 E. Marshall St.
Ithaca, NY
Holly Adams MsEd
607 Stilson Road
Hunt, New York
Lawrence McCrea PhD
Associate Professor of Asian Studies
1326 East State Street
Ithaca, NY
amanda may
6014 St. Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY
Susan Terwilliger
620 Elm Street Ext
Ithaca, NY
Harry Davis
266 Hamilton Street
Rochester, New York
Christopher Sikelianos
637 Hoose Rd.
Cherry Valley, NY
Marena Gonz
26 Frederick Road
Binghamton, New York, 13901-1310
manuel rodriguez
1559 betts hill road
delhi, ny
William Gonz
26 Frederick Road
Binghamton, New York 13901-1310
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5 Riverside Drive, Apt. 1111
Binghamton, New York 13905
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Co Founder
3900 Dundee-Himrod Rd
Himrod, NY
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367 E. 10 St.
New York, NY
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467 Springfield Hill Rd.
Cooperstown, New York
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114 Penny Lane
Ithaca, NY, 14850
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59 palmear road
freeville, NY
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878 W. Elizabeth St.
Skaneateles, NY
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Montrose, PA
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1028 Coddington Rd
Ithaca, NY
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Ithaca, NY
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130 Creamery Road
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208 Nelson Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
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PO Box 112
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46 winding country lane
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220 Walton street
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845 Taughannock Blvd
Ithaca, NY
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6105 Strauss Rd
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Marathon, NY
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Merrick, NY
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Van Etten, NY
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Meadow Brook
Syracuse, NY
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416 N Aurora St
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1002 County Line Rd.
Schenectady, NY
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502 S Anderson St, Unit 1
Urbana, Illinois
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North Grand
Cobleskill, NY
Dorothy Hartz
115 Nelson Road
Fremont Center, NY
Vladimir von Tsurikov PhD
1355 County Highway 33
Cooperstown, NY
Cynthia Brock Ms.
108 E. Green Street
Ithaca, NY
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1373 Lisle Rd
Owego, NY
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Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
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RR1 Box 119 North
Black River, NY
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P.O. Box 196
Mt. Tremper, NY
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685 Academy Street
New York, New York
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member / fundraising
151 Cypress St.
rochyester, NY
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4142 Cottonwood Ave.
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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32 Butterville Rd
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5349 NW 90th Av
Sunrise, FL
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283 Field Station Road
Trout Run, Pennsylvania
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State Highway 30
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1501 Siver Road
Guilderland, New York
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Lagrangeville , NY
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Manius, NY
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5937 County Road 33`
Canandaigua, NY
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1260 Shannon Corners Road
Dundee, New York
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58 County Rte. 132
Callicoon, NY
janet weinberg
311 linn st
ithaca, ny
Joel Benton
1553 Wittenberg Rd.
Mount Tremper, NY
Michael Twomey PhD
16 John St.
Ithaca, NY
Jane Baker
Elizabeth Bixler
401 E. State Street, Ste 300
Ithaca, New York
iris Milich
Chair Health and Safety Comittee
208 W Lincoln St
Ithaca, NY
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28 Brodhead Road
West Shokan, NY
lee ingraham
108 upperville back rd
smyrna, ny
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540 Smith Rd.
Worcester, New York
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Spencer, NY
3515 78ST ST
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56 waterburg road
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2231 county highway 50
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