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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

Mara Alper
Ithaca, NY
judith ackerman
636 west end av
nyc, New York
Lissa Wolfe
73 Coffey Street
Brooklyn, NY
Gabriele K. Libbey
240 jefferson Avenue
Harbor Isle, NY
Barbara Page
41 Prospect st
Trumansburg, Ny
daniel bock
5111 old bald hill rd
Hemlock, NY
Marianne Krieg
614 S. Plain St.
Ithaca, NY
M Marino
1792 Danby Rd
Ithaca, NY
Michele Griego
6145 Updyke Rd
Trumansburg, NY
albert mues
greenvile road
sundown, ny
Daniel Otis
815 North Tioga
Ithaca, NY
Mary Beth OConnor Ph.D.
119 Middaugh Road
Brooktondale, NY
68 Dutchess Terrace
Maureen Carroll
8 Conlon Road
Lansing, NY
Judy Freilicher
7207 Highbridge Rd. (P.O. Box 93 - mailing)
DeRuyter, New York
Melissa Stephenson
77 Peruville Road
Lansing, NY
Alison Rich Ms.
7 Chiappardi Place
Beacon, NY
Marianne Wodnick
4280 Stonebridge Road
Morrisville, New York
Shari Sant Plummer
PO Box 296
New Kingston, NY
Stanley Scharf
214 S. Hill Terrace
Ithaca, NY
820 West King Road
Ithaca, NY
Ilse Funk
238 Mill Rd
Cherry Valley, New York
Caroline Martin
P.O. Box 97
Downsville, NY
George Zalantis
55 Mdford Road
Staten Island, NY
Anne Hemenway
160 East 89 ST
Dennis Lane
140 Wagon Wheel Lane
Cutchogue, New York
katherine spitzhoff
2231 County Highway 50
Cherry Valley, NY
thomas rippolon
438 peekskill hollow rd
putnam valley, new york
Laura Hogan
186 Besemer Hill
Ithaca, NY
27 North Street
Camillus, NY
Mark Hudson
PO Box 59
Pleasant Valley, NY
Stuart Davis
111 Pleasant Hollow Rd.
Freeville, NY
Elaine Mansfield
4464 Picnic Area Rd
Burdett, NY
Ian Rosenstein PhD
6971 Reservoir Road
Clinton, NY
Jane Bonacci
Snell Road
Geneva, NY
Anthony Del Plato
3509 West Ave
Interlaken, NY
Julia Dalton
101 W 80th St - 5A
New York, NY
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E. 7th St.
New York, NY
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po box 13
alpine , ny
Jason Zorn
1739 slaterville rd
Ithaca, NY
Deborah Jones
Board Member
3166 Perry City Road
Trumansburg, New York
Joan Farber
400 West 23rd St
New York, New York
Jackson Thomas MEd
970 Danby Drive
Webster, NY
seth marks
5105 State Rt. 224
Odessa, NY
Michael O'Brien
400 West 23rd St
New York, New York
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Bald Hill Rd
Spencer, ny
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franklin street
new york, new york
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PO Box 6
Tivoli, NY
Patricia Witten
151 Wood Rd
Freeville, NY
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57 W. Main St.
Friendship, NY
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165 E. 4th St.
Corning, NY
Adam Berenstain
1450 Mecklenburg Road
Ithaca, NY
Christine Bainbridge
1450 Mecklenburg RD
Ithaca, NY
Jean Connell M.B.A.
8 Poplar Street
Rensselaer, New York
Patrice VanSlyke
318 Farnham Road
Windsor, NY
Sherill Bolevice
50 Church Street POB738
Philmont, NY
Karl Klein
4648 N Tower Rd.
Cincinnatus, NY
Kim Jastremski PhD
316 Cty Hwy 52
Cooperstown, NY
Natalia Emlen
Property owner
119 Eastlake Road
Ithaca, NY
William Glasner
7491 Modock Rd
Victor, NY
Gina NIgro
3509 West Ave.
Interlaken , NY
Rick Drago
PO.Box 23
Jefferson, New York
Mary Smith
Communications Coordinator
3512 Michigan Ave
Elmira, NY
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317 c. H. 40
worcester, NY
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221 Dubois Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Peter Specker
611 N Aurora St
Ithaca, New York
Brian Schrader Rev.
108 Foss St.
Biddeford, ME
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227 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca, Ny
Holly Nolting
14185 W. 50th Place
Golden, Colorado
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26 summers`
livonia, ny
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311 Cafferty Hill Road
Endicott, NY
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590 Parkside Ave., 2BW
Brooklyn, NY
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761 Adirondack Rd.
Schroon Lake , New York
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8437 Heath Rd
Colden, NY
Val & Elsie Cushing
1497 Water Wells Rd.
Alfred Station, NY
Donald Reschke
63 Ballou Rd.
Owego, NY
Kizer Walker PhD
338 East Miller Rd.
Ithaca, NY
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9090 Rhodes Rd
Lodi, New York
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5115 otisco rd.
tully, ny
Deb Harper Ph.D.
77 Peruville Rd
Lansing, New York
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7 Sunny Knoll
Ithaca, NY
Raymond Budryk
13 Montfort Woods Road
Wappingers Falls, NY
Daniel Hanney
168 North Street
Arcade, NY
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4979 County Road 26
Dundee, NY
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1225 Hinging Post Road
Ithaca, NY
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PO Box 238
Bearsville, NY
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104 Halcyon Hill Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Candace Wadsworth
4077 Abbey Rd
Syracuse, New York
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313 Utica Street
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Brian Karafin PhD.
113 Nelson Road
Ithaca, NY
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3 South Washington St.
Athens, NY
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209 Lewis St
Vestal, NY
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399 Tallow Hill rd
Spencer, NY
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190 Clinton Road
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308 Beckhorn Hollow Rd
Van Etten, NY
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Spencertown, NY
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