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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

James-Henry Holland
65 Jay Street
Geneva, NY
Brenda Wickes
106 Texas Lane
Ithaca, Ny
Brad Walrod
5587 State Route 52
Kenoza Lake, NY
Nancy Hallock
822 Center St
Cleveland, NY
Natasha Suter
21 Brooktondale Rd.
Ihaca, NY - New York
Eric Watkins
106 Texas Lane
Ithaca, NY - New York
Jacob Pultorak
Ithaca, NY
Wendell F Perks Jr
8387 Knight Street
Interlaken, NY
Terry Cuddy
Cayuga Anti-Fracking Alliance
133 S. Hoopes Ave
Auburn, NY
Mary I Arlin
623 Utica St
Ithaca, NY
Marilyn Anderson
metro justice
34 Nicholson St.
Rochester, NY
Stephen Engleman
Registered Nurse
125 Valley View Rd
Ithaca, NY
Kathy Luz Herrera
116 Utica St
ITHACA, New York
Elisa Evett
298 Bald Hill Rd.
Brooktondale, New York
Lou Priem
276 Van Yahres Rd
Cooperstown, NY
James Cella
24061 Depew Avenue
Douglaston, New York
Claudia Stoscheck
503 S. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY
David Shalloway
Cornell University
90 Lieb Rd
Spencer, NY
Nancy Pollak
125 Giles St.
Ithaca, NY
Frank Regan
Rochester, NY
Al Hemberger
Hemberger, Inc
84 Kraft Ave
Bronxville, NY
Mark Pezzati
56 Mayer Road
Andes, NY
john miller
professor emeritus
298 bald hill road
brooktondale, NY
Tom Blecher
313 Utica Street
Ithaca, NY
Nari Mistry
Ellis Hollow Rd
Ithaca, NY
Stanley Scharf
William Long
10310 Bergtold Rd
Clarence, NY
Amy Ott-Kimmel
20 Juniper Street
Lockport, New York
Jacob Garniez
New York, NY
Alan Hollander
1473 Hewlett Ave
Hewlett, NY
Julie Mundt
607 Broad St.
Endicott , NY
Bernie O'Doherty
607 Broad St.
Endicott , NY
Laura Neiman
60 Seaman Ave 5G
New York, New York
Ken Deschere
202 South Hill Terrace
Ithaca, NY
Judith Johnson
po box 624
Croton on Hudson, New York
Kelly Morris
90 Lieb Rd.
Spencer, NY
Edward A. Ehinger
1117 Lake Como Road
Cortland, NY 13045
Ingrid Guiter
1430 County Highway 8
Otego, New York
Simon Jaworski
105 Prospect Rd. Box 301
Centerport , New York
Elaine Thiesmeyer
901 Serenity Rd
Penn Yan, NY
Malcolm Campbell
221 Dubois Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Olivia Vent
194 East Miller Road
Ithaca , New York
Peggy Haine
5785 Rumsey Road
Trumansburg, NY
Lori Solensten
Crumhorn Lake Association
152 Hall Road
Maryland, NY
althea farrell
2071 cty hwy 39
worcester, ny
henrietta statham
581 rathbun hill road
east meredith, NY 13757
Elizabeth DeWitt
36-14 165th ST
Flushing, NY
robert weinberger
417 western heights blvd
endicott, new york
Carol White
9 Fitchett St
Poughkeepsie, NY - New York
KC Ellis
Graphic Artists Guild, member
2130 Long Creek Road
Apalachin, NY