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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

Joseph Wilson
75 Hunt Hill
Ithaca, NY
Peter Herman
503 Rhodes Road
Apalachin, NY - NEW YORK
John and Martha Stoltenberg
N8362 State Highway 67, P.O. Box 596
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Rose Hilbert
Business owner
112 E. Main St.
Trumansburg, NY
Loddie Marsh
218 steinbacker road
unadilla, ny
Carolyn Clark Pierson
5262 County Highway 14
Treadwell, New York
Susan Sarabasha
311 Tupper Road
West Danby, NY
John Kastner
50 Dorset st.
Rochester , New York
Betsy Wohl
958 Tallow Hill Rd.
Spencer, ny
Martha Scoppa
32 Cold Spring Road
Liberty, NY
Ethan Rainwater
The Town Gardener
1045 W. 1st Ave
Eugene, Oregon
John Bowers
1406 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, New York
Joseph Wetmore
397 Salmon Creek Road
Lansing, NY
Lewis Ward
246 Smith Rd.
Newfield, NY
Gloria Foster
Retired WI School Social Worker
3906 Chatham Ln
Canandaigua, New York
Kristopher Hussmann
Rex Hussmann
8978 Highway 441
Nicholson, GA
Zgola Frank
1140 ellis hollow rd
ithaca, ny
Margaret Davidson
20 Faulkner Road
Hancock, NY - New York
Karen Glauber
140 Oak Drive
Middlebury, VT
Jane Graves
411 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY
Paul Baumann
101 Oak Street
Brooklyn 11222, New York
Diana Drucker
1187 East Shore Drive
Ithaca, NY
Mary McKeon
, NY
Alice Grow
798 S Plain St Apt 256
Ithaca, NY
Taryn Mattice
136 Pine Tree Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Gretchen Herrmann
433 Bostwick Road
Ithaca, NY
Peter mechalke
27 bradley street
Trumansburg, NY
William Elsey
107 Bartlett Road
Cooperstown, NY
Robert Jacobson
342 Dean St.
Brooklyn, New York
Donna Mummery
67 Village Trail
Honeoye Falls, New York
Sarah Raite
Jamesville, NY
Denis Byrne
Committee Chair
LI Greenways and Healthy Trails
30 Cliff Road
Belle Terre, NY
Miriam Rice
4396 Krum's Corners Rd.
Trumansburg, NY
Starke Donnally
141 Clarke Street
Syracuse, New York
Roberta Favant
680 W 204 ST #6F
New York, New York
John Merriman
4801 Butler Dr
Cortland, NY - NEW YORK
Molly Diesing
711 Mitchell St
Ithaca, NY
Stacy Snyder
154 Westhaven Road
Ithaca , New York
Edward Kokkelenberg
214 Buttermilk Lane
Ithaca, NY
Jayne Port
246 Smith Rd
Newfield, NY
Beth Cuddy
133 S. Hoopes Ave.
Auburn, NY
Laura Fennimore
110 Halfmoon Rd
Highland, NY 12528
Carol Ransom
21 McDuffy Hollow Rd
Van Etten, NY
Judy Fitzgerald
88 Woodcrest Blvd
Buffalo, NYNY
susan deane
Jeni DeMarco
9296 Scipio Road
Nunda, NY13248
Ann Boehm
280 Speed Hill Road
Brooktondale, NY
Merrilee Witherell
11757 Schuler Rd.
Cato, New York
David DeVivo
15 New England Dr.
Rochester, New York
Stan Lisk
2625 NYS Rt,26
Maine, NY