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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

Mary Ellen Blanchard
151 Elmore Road
Rochester, New York
William Blanchard DR
151 Elmore Road
Rochester, New York
Steven Titus
77 Woolsey Street
Huntington, NY
Andrea Staffeld
633 Sheffield Road
Ithaca, NY
Brian Greeson CSP
71 Willis
South Wales , NY
mary Twitchell
PO Box 187
Mount Upton, NY
Earl Callahan
1412 County Rt 29
New Berlin, New York
Philip Cali
5 Riverside Drive #910
Binghamton, New York
Cherry Rahn
16 Jay St
Geneva, NY
Carol Cali
5 Riverside Drive #910
Binghamton, New York
Elizabeth Hull FNP
Nurse Practitioner
1499 Mill Rd
Binghamton, NY
Laura Dobbins
356 East 13th Street, #10
New York, NY
lucille wiggin MS in Elm Ed
80 Chestnut St.
Oneonta, NY
Jane Ellen Bleeg
940 Mt. Hope Avenue
Rochester, New York
Sally Tjhompson
102 Vestal Ave.
Binghamton, NY
Dennis Higgins
Assistant Professor
592 County Route 5
Otego, NY
Cynthia McGahee
232 Frisbee Road
East Meredith, NY
Mary Anne Mirabella
702 Hanford Road
E.Meredith, NY
Kathleen Bowers
PO Box 103
Fremont Center, New York
Roxanne Shank
1153 Main Street
Vestal, NY
Martin Dodge
Professor of Conservation
6105 Jones Road
Canandaigua, New York
Stephanie Low Ms
1215 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY
Ellen Levene
42 Perry Street - 3B
New York, New York
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892 North Sanford Rd.
Deposit, Ny
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482 Douglas Rd
Newfield, NY
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892 North Sanford Rd.
Deposit, Ny
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Woodside, New York
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236 Washington Hwy
Amherst, NY
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206 green street
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Apalachin, New York
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24 Trotters Field Run
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257 West 86th street #13A
New York, NY
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20 N Moore St
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121 Hamilton Street PO Box 489
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New York City
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517 Williams Road
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4853 Jones Lane
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1900 Rittenhouse Square
Tully, New York
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660 Stewart Ave.
Ithaca, NY
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Councilwoman elect
3765 Brady Hill Rd.
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366 Park Avenue
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100 Circle Road
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