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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

Kora E. Battig von Wittelsbach Dr
no title
410 Morrill Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Jeffrey Raczkowski
19 Timothy Dr.
Orchard Park, NY
Linda Yuhas
23 Hawkins Path
Coram , NY
Brian Stachowiak
233 Bullis Rd
West Seneca , NY
Ellen Poulette
1436 County Highway 31
Cooperstown, New York
Rodney Versace Ph.D.
Adjunct Lecturer
140 Wadsworth Ave. Apt 24
New York, New York
Vreni Roduner
Sr. Director
Purdy Ave
Rye, NY
khadijah osbourne registered nurse
165 brampton road
Syracuse, NEWYORK
David Grimm
685 Hayts Road
Ithaca, NY
Karen Peterson
116 Greenridge Dr.
Horseheads, NY
Elizabeth Liccione
2538 Nunnery Rd.
Skaneateles, NY
Edith Spaulding
2099 ellis hollow rd
ithaca, ny
Jane Atkin
181 Westhaven Road
Ithaca, NY
Laura Fennimore
110 Halfmoon Rd
Highland, NY
Joyce Campbell Professor Emeritas, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
104 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca, NY
John Vincent Patterson
Art Director
255 Park Settlement Rd.
Owego, NY
Gary Fine
104 E. Lewis St.
Ithaca, NY
Rosalie Richter-Goldberg MA, Certified School Psychologist
118 Lake Avenue
Ithaca, NY
James McCormack
1583 County Hyway 33
Cooperstown, NY
Deborah Wells
615 Lisle rd.
Owego, Ny
Lauris McKee Ph.D
Governor Cuomo Requesting Termination of DEC Shale Gas Rulemaking Proposal as well as a Restart of SGEIS Proceeding
150 N. Sunset Dr.
Ithaca, NY
Reeve Parker PhD
Emeritus Professor of English
123 N. Quarry Street
Ithaca, NY
Doris Cronin
tax payer/concerned citizan
309 Thayer Rd
Harwick, NY
Richard Hepburn
119 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca, NY
camille Doucet
30 Marsh Rd
Ithaca, NY
Robert Carlson Esq.
30 West Easterbrook Dr.
HOrseheads, NY
Louis Sebesta
100 Grand Blvd. FL 2
Binghamton, New York
Faina Riftina Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Hostos Community College of CUNY
New York, NY
William Mason
206 Miller Road
New Lisbon, New York
Patricia Bensen-Ashley
78 Chestnut Street
Cooperstown, New York
Charles Kieler
253 County Highway 52
Cooperstown, New York
Janine Zambito RN
172 hilltop drive
afton , ny