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Governor Cuomo: Please disclose how the findings and recommendations of your Dept. of Health's Public Health Review of Shale Fracking will be translated into public policy

March 14, 2015

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you publicly disclose how the findings and recommendations of your Department of Health's A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) For Shale Gas Development will be translated into public policy.

We further request that you address the detailed concerns presented below before adopting any Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS).

Key Public Health Review Conclusion

The Public Health Review's key conclusion is:

"Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed, DOH recommends that HVHF should not proceed in New York State."

See page one at:

Request for Public Disclosure as well as Open and Transparent Decision Making Process

While we applaud your administration's landmark Public Health Review conclusion, it is unclear how it will be translated into public policy. We write today to request that you clarify this matter.

First, please make clear whether your administration plans to ban permanently all high volume hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale in New York through a legally-binding prohibition or adopt some other form of shale fracking prohibition.

Second, it is our understanding that your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will implement the Public Health Review's findings and recommendations by adopting a Final SGEIS and issuing a Findings Statement to conclude the proceeding.

Even though you stated on 12/17/14 that those actions would be "self-executing," we respectfully request that you reveal the scope of the Final SGEIS before any final action is taken on the matter.

The original purpose of the SGEIS was to provide permit guidelines for shale gas extraction. That is implicit in the SGEIS title: "Well Permit Issuance for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs."

We are concerned that a Final SGEIS might permit HVHF in the future without any further public review or comment and despite the prohibition recommended in the Public Health Review.

We also believe it would be premature to adopt HVHF permit guidelines before resolving the shortcomings documented in the Public Health Review and otherwise brought to your attention.

Given these concerns, we respectfully request that you: a) immediately provide written public notice regarding the scope of the proposed Final SGEIS proceeding, b) hold public hearings about the proceeding and c) accept public comments to resolve questions about this critical matter openly, transparently and with full formal public participation before adopting a Final SGEIS.

Please Address Fundamental Shortcomings Documented in the Public Health Review

The Public Health Review states: "Based on this review, it is apparent that the science surrounding HVHF activity is limited, only just beginning to emerge, and largely suggests only hypotheses about potential public health impacts that need further evaluation (emphasis added)."

The Public Health Review also notes: "many of the published reports investigating both environmental impacts that could result in human exposures and health implications of HVHF activities are preliminary or exploratory in nature (emphasis added)."

The Public Health Review cautions: "Furthermore, the public health impacts from HVHF activities could be significantly broader than just those geographic locations where the activity actually occurs, thus expanding the potential risk to a large population of New Yorkers (emphasis added)."

See pages one and two at:

Please Address "Significant Uncertainties" Documented in the Public Health Review

We also respectfully request that you disclose how DEC and DOH propose to address the "significant uncertainties" referenced in the Public Health Review regarding:

"the kinds of adverse health outcomes that may be associated with HVHF,"

"the likelihood of the occurrence of adverse health outcomes," and

"the effectiveness of some of the mitigation measures in reducing or preventing environmental impacts which could adversely affect public health."

See page two at:

Please Address the Most Important Decision Specified by the Public Health Review

We request that you disclose how New York State will decide when:

"the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed..."

All these Public Health Review procedural matters are critical to determining if HVHF will ever be allowed to proceed in New York. That is why it is imperative that you address these matters without delay.

Draft SGEIS Shortcomings Also Must Be Resolved Before Final SGEIS is Adopted

Tens of thousands of concerned citizens, legislators, academic researchers, business owners, religious leaders and health professionals have respectfully written you to document grave concerns about the Final Revised Draft SGEIS' numerous technical shortcomings as well as that it is indisputably outdated and lacks current information.



We trust that you will find our requests self-explanatory, but please do not hesitate to contact us if we can clarify our concerns. We look forward to receiving your prompt reply.

In conclusion, we wish to thank you, Commissioners Joe Martens and Dr. Howard Zucker, as well as all your DEC and DOH colleagues for their dedicated work performed under challenging circumstances to safeguard the public health of "all New Yorkers" as well as the environment of our state from shale fracking hazards. We commend your public service.

Always very respectfully,

Total Signatory Count: 1228

Walter Hang
215 N. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY
patricia rodriguez
559 Brooktondale rd 1
brooktondale, NY
Anne Perry
6459 Reservoir Rd
Dan Page
35 Top Ridge Trail
White Lake, NY
robbee fian
west 43rd St
Jean Hricik
445 Smith-Kingsman Rd.
McDonough, NY
Pamela Stanley
Albert Einstein College Medicine
380 Riverside Rive
New York, NY
Harold Harris
685 Academy Street
New York, NY
Lennard Davis
702 Hanford Road
East Meredith, NY
Susan Mosher
W. Highland Dr.
Schenectady, New York
elliot levine
30 hillcrest ave
yonkers, ny
Jonathan Culler
909 Wyckoff Road
Ithaca, NY
Gerrit Crouse
American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
38 4th Avenue, Apt 2-N
Nyack, NY
Jo Clayson
Alfred Tinger
136 Dorchester Drive
Yorktown Heights, New York
Ilse Funk
238 Mill Rd
Cherry Valley, New York
Emily Carroll
212 Esty St.
Ithaca, NY
Eileen Hughes
5370 Voorheis Rd
Trumansburg, New York
Erin Heaton Meyer
Chenango Community Action for Renewable Energy
510 County Road 31
Norwich, New York
Ruth Van Dyke
74 Nelson Road
Vestal, NY
Geo Kloppel
227 Tupper Road
Spencer, NY
Margaret Fry Keating
3970 County Road 2
Hector, NY 14841
Gerald Wolfe
474 Snyder Hill Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Ronald Schassburger
Volunteer Executive Director
Natural History Society of the Finger Lakes Region
798 Elm Street Extension
Ithaca, NY
Carl Klein
156 Indian Church Rd
Buffalo, New York
Lesley Adams
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
6200 Mount Rd
Trumansburg, NY
Mary Beth OConnor
119 Middaugh Road
Brooktondale, NY
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343 Raymond Fish Rd.
Hartwick, NY
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11 Eldridge St.
New York , NY
Thomas Brewster
803 E Main St
Little Falls, NY
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18 Renwick Hts. Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Thomas Perkins
22 Spackenkill Road
Poughkeepsie, New York
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11 Spring St
Gilbertsville, New York (NY)
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12 McGuinness Blvd. South
Brooklyn, NY
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22 Winding Way
Binghamton, New York
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Ithaca, New York
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115 west rd
groton, ny
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PO Box 81
Hector, NY
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Slaterville Springs,, NY
Joseph Flynn
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Alfred, N.Y. 14802
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Ithaca NY, New York
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Albion, NY
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PO Box 338
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Rochester, NY
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Dryden, NY
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Rochester, NY5519